Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 1/25

Game 1: Friday, January 25th
Game 2: Tuesday, March 19th

Raptors 80

(30-38, 14-21 away)

    7:00 PM ET, March 19, 2002

    Target Center, Minneapolis, MN

    1 2 3 4 T
    TOR 21 29 10 2080
    MIN 26 29 24 33112

    Top Performers

    Toronto: M. Peterson 19 Pts, 5 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl

    Minnesota: K. Garnett 20 Pts, 7 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    T-Wolves' streak ends; Raptors lose 17th of 18

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota Timberwolves ended their season-high seven-game losing streak at the expense of the reeling Toronto Raptors.

    Kevin Garnett

    The Timberwolves ended their slide and kept the Raptors in a miserable slump, getting 20 points from Kevin Garnett in a 112-80 victory Tuesday night.

    Toronto, which has won just one game since Feb. 7, lost for the 17th time in 18 tries and had its most lopsided defeat of the season.

    Sorry, Raptors, but Minnesota has no sympathy. The Wolves hadn't won since March 2 at Utah.

    "We didn't care who we played," said Wally Szczerbiak, one of seven Timberwolves to score in double digits. "We were just worrying about ourselves."

    Morris Peterson had 19 points and Keon Clark had 18 for the Raptors, who were 29-21 and in prime position for the playoffs before their slide. They've fallen to 11th place in the East.

    Vince Carter, slowed by a strained left quadriceps, has had enough.

    "I just want to be 75 percent better -- I probably can't be 100 percent better," said Carter, who had 10 points. "I want to help this team so bad. I'm disappointed and frustrated about a lot of things right now. I just have to breathe and hope it gets better. Soon. In the very near future. Like tomorrow."

    Veteran Robert Pack, signed to a 10-day contract Monday as a backup to Chauncey Billups, had 12 points and five assists in his first game with the Timberwolves -- and his first of the season.

    "For a guy to be sitting around for five months, Robert did a heck of a job," Timberwolves coach Flip Saunders said. "He gives us a different dimension, to get the ball to the basket."

    Pack, who finished last season with Denver, gave Szczerbiak an assist on his first possession and hit a long jumper the next trip up the floor. He even took the liberty a couple times to tell teammates they were in the wrong spots.

    "That's my job," Pack said. "I need to know where guys need to be. It's nice to be back doing what I've been doing for 10 years."

    The Raptors collapsed in the third period. They shot 3-for-18 and were outscored 24-10 -- the second-lowest scoring quarter in their seven-year history.

    "We've all got to look in the mirror," Peterson said. "You have to see what you can do yourself before you question anybody else."

    Antonio Davis put up an airball midway through the period, and Billups hit a 3-pointer on the other end to extend Minnesota's lead to 12. Later, Peterson hit Carter in the back with a poorly timed pass.

    "First half wasn't that bad," Raptors coach Lenny Wilkens said. "The third quarter, all of a sudden, the execution wasn't very good and there was no talking on defense. Once it started to get away from us, our confidence went way down."

    Minnesota led 79-60 entering the fourth quarter, and eventually went ahead by as many as 34.

    Garnett, who was 3-for-14 from the field Sunday against Utah, didn't score until making a turnaround jumper with 5:41 left in the second period. He finished with 10 points in the first half.

    Rasho Nesterovic had 14 points and 12 rebounds for Minnesota.

    "No question, we're a good basketball team," Saunders said. "We were just playing bad. Hopefully we can build off this."

    Game notes

    Pack has played for six teams, including Dallas, Denver, New Jersey, Portland and Washington. ... Billups, who became the starter when Terrell Brandon had season-ending knee surgery last month, was playing with bruises on both thighs and didn't look at full strength, finishing with 11 points and eight assists. He also got a deep cut above his right eye in the third quarter. ... The Raptors are 0-6 in Minnesota.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 80 112
    FGM-FGA 32-83 (.386) 44-82 (.537)
    3PM-3PA 1-6 (.167) 6-8 (.750)
    FTM-FTA 15-16 (.938) 18-21 (.857)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 9-35 8-46
    Assists 21 30
    Turnovers 13 10
    Steals 4 6
    Blocks 8 7
    Fast Break Points 1 7
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 20 (0/0) 14 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    Morris Peterson Peterson
    Points: 19
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Kevin Garnett Garnett
    Points: 20
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1