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Raptors Rapid Recap - Toronto 94 - Minnesota 88

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-If you're a fan of fast-paced, action-packed, lights-out shooting offence...well...this game wasn't for you.

-Toronto outlasted Minnesota despite shooting a putrid 32 PER CENT from the field, winning their ugliest game of the year.  Neither team could get it going as Minny shot only 37 per cent themselves, and combined, the two teams were 5 of 37 from downtown.

-And yes, that ugly 3-point shooting meant that Toronto's NBA record for 3-point makes was in jeopardy.  It wasn't until about five minutes left in the game that Andrea Bargnani hit a long-range bomb to extend the streak, and Antoine Wright hit one even later...just for good measure.  Funny thing was, the Raps desperately needed both as the Wolves were pressing hard.

-Chris Bosh was a workman again despite playing under the weather and he finished with 21 points and 16 rebounds.  And Jarrett Jack, who started in place of the injured Jose Calderon, had 17 points, 8 assists and 7 rebounds.  Minnesota was led by Kevin Love with 18 and 7, and Jonny Flynn with 17 points and 8 assists.

-So what won this game for the Raptors in the end?  Ironically, free-throw shooting.  Toronto got to the line an incredible 48 times, making 40 of them.  Minnesota?  Only 23 attempts.

-Again, this was hardly a marquee performance by the Raps, but one that was nevertheless a solid win as they ground things out despite not being able to hit the broad side of a barn door.  One thing is for certain, the team can't play like this tomorrow night against the Bucks (who gave the Celtics all they could handle tonight) so hopefully TO puts this one FAR behind them and moves on...