Backcourt lays groundwork for Raptors' victory

MOLINE, Ill. (AP) -- Rookie Chris Bosh scored seven of his
game-high 16 points in the fourth quarter Wednesday night as the
Toronto Raptors pulled away from the Minnesota Timberwolves 90-76
in an exhibition game.

Milt Palacio, in his first season with Toronto (4-0), scored 15

Minnesota (2-2) was led by Kevin Garnett, who scored 14 points
and snared 9 rebounds in two quarters of play. Quincy Lewis added
11 points for the Wolves, who played without six injured players.

For Minnesota coach Flip Saunders, it was a bit like being back
in the minor-league Continental Basketball Association, where he
coached teams -- often in games played in Moline -- with depleted

"If you've been in the CBA, you don't get too worried when you
don't have a few guys," he said. "We used to do it a lot. We'd
get a guy called up to the NBA and have a couple more hurt and you
played with what you had."

Sitting out were offseason acquisition Latrell Sprewell
(Achilles tendon), Wally Szczerbiak (plantar fascia), Fred Hoiberg
(bruised heel), Mark Madsen (strained groin), Michael Olowokandi
(recovering from off-season surgery) and Sam Cassell (sore foot).

Sprewell has not played in the exhibition season. Saunders said
Sprewell might play Friday night against Indiana in Indianapolis.
Saunders said he also expects Cassell back on Friday.

"Wally knows a lot of what we're doing, Spree has practiced
with us the last couple days and Sam and Fred have been with us.
Hopefully we'll have a good practice tomorrow and gear up for
Friday," Saunders said.

Minnesota took a 52-50 lead in the third quarter on a pair of
free throws by Lewis and later led 57-56, but Toronto opened up a
10-point lead midway through the fourth quarter.


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