Wednesday , Dec , 27 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Raptors host Garnett, Timberwolves

(Sports Network) – The Atlantic Division-leading Toronto Raptors open a brief
two-game homestand this evening when the Minnesota Timberwolves visit the Air
Canada Centre.

Toronto owns a one-game lead over Boston, New Jersey and New York in the
division and had its two-game winning streak halted in Saturday’s 110-97 loss
at the Seattle SuperSonics.

T.J. Ford led the Raptors with 24 points and nine assists. Fred Jones had 19
points off the bench and Jorge Garbajosa added 18 points with seven rebounds
for Toronto, which lost for just the second time in seven games.

The Raptors have won two straight at home and are 7-3 at the Air Canada Centre
this season.

Meanwhile, Minnesota has won two straight after a four-game losing streak. On
Tuesday rookie Randy Foye scored a career-high 25 points and hit the winning
layup with 1.8 seconds left, as the Timberwolves edged the Chicago Bulls for a
100-98 win at the Target Center.

Kevin Garnett posted 26 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists for the
Timberwolves, who will play three of their next four games on the road and are
5-8 away from Minnesota this season. Mark Blount notched 18 points and seven
rebounds on Tuesday, while Ricky Davis added 15 points in the triumph.

Minnesota, which is seven games off the lead in the Northwest Division, went
0-2 against the Raptors last season.

Toronto has won four straight and six of the last 10 meetings in the series,
while the Timberwolves have dropped two in a row and four of their last five
trips north of the border.