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News » Improved D, Bosh lift Raptors to victory

Improved D, Bosh lift Raptors to victory

Improved D, Bosh lift Raptors to victory Shooting 32 per cent would have been disastrous for the Toronto Raptors a week ago. But, thanks to another strong defensive effort, it wasn't an issue last night.

Antoine Wright hit a critical three-pointer with just over a minute remaining as the Raptors beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 94-88 for their first three-game winning streak of the season.

Chris Bosh led the way with 21 points and 16 rebounds for the Raptors (10-13), who have won 11 straight meetings against the Timberwolves dating back to 2004. This one may not have been the most watchable -- the teams combined to shoot just 35 per cent from the field and go 5-for-37 from three-point range -- but Toronto head coach Jay Triano had no qualms whatsoever.

"I think it's beautiful," said Triano. "I do, because I wouldn't take away any of the shots we took. It seemed like there was a lid on the basket. We told our guys in training camp, if you play good defence, even on nights you can't make shots or struggle making shots, you will stay in games long enough to find a way to win."

That's just how last night's game played out -- with Wright a fitting hero. After Minnesota rallied from a late six-point deficit to tie the game 84-84, Hedo Turkoglu stole an errant pass from Jonny Flynn and went in for an uncontested dunk. Toronto stopped the Timberwolves at the other end, and Wright buried a three -- Toronto's second in 21 attempts -- to send the Air Canada Crowd of 15,167 into a frenzy.

Wright had been 0-for-5 to that point in the game.

"It wasn't anything, really," Wright joked. "Small shot in the game. We needed it. We hadn't been shooting the ball well from the field, but you have to do the things out there that you practise, and I was open and I hit the shot."

Jarrett Jack had 17 points, Turkoglu added 16 and Andrea Bargnani and DeMar DeRozan chipped in with 15 apiece for Toronto, which has held its last three opponents under 40 per cent shooting since getting torched for 146 points in a lopsided loss to the Atlanta Hawks last Wednesday.

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