TORONTO -- After another energetic performance from his backups, Minnesota coach Randy Wittman isn't sure who he wants to start in the regular season.
"Our first unit has to play better," Wittman said. "If it wasn't for our second unit tonight, we don't win the game."
If the regulars don't stop taking too many jumpers and passing up opportunities to penetrate, Wittman said he's willing to make changes.
"We've got spots open on this team," Wittman said. "I don't know who the starting lineup is going to be Oct. 29. That's what these guys are playing for. This is preseason, but it's important, because we're trying to solidify what we want to be doing when it comes to Opening Night.
Jefferson, who said he was slowed by congestion from a head cold, isn't worried about the starters losing any playing time.
"We'll be there," Jefferson said. "Every (preseason) game is a different starting five. We're just trying to check things out. It's all about playing hard and that's what the second unit did."
Ahearn was poked in the left eye during training camp and then poked in the right eye during Wednesday's practice, but he had no trouble seeing the basket against Toronto. He made six straight shots in the second quarter, including three 3-pointers.
"Everybody is getting on me about wearing some goggles but I'm not wearing goggles yet," Ahearn said.
Trailing by seven points after three quarters, Toronto opened the fourth with a 12-4 run and went ahead 76-75 on a breakaway dunk by Humphries at 7:39, its first lead since early in the second.
It stayed close the rest of the way, and Minnesota led by just two when Graham missed a potential tying tip-in in the final 30 seconds. Gomes finished it with a pair of free throws.
The Timberwolves took advantage of Ahearn's shooting and seven Raptor turnovers to outscore Toronto 34-20 in the second and build a 52-37 lead at the half.