Wolves' streak to 13 games
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Chris Bosh had 21 points and 10 rebounds to help the sluggish Toronto Raptors hand the Minnesota Timberwolves their 13th straight loss, 106-100 on Monday night.
Andrea Bargnani had 19 points and seven rebounds for the Raptors, who beat the Timberwolves for the 12th consecutive time to move into a tie with Charlotte for the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference.
Al Jefferson had 22 points and seven rebounds for the Timberwolves, who have lost 19 of their last 20 games. They trailed 94-92 with 3:29 to play, but couldn't come up with any key stops down the stretch to end their skid.
Bosh broke his own franchise record with his 44th double-double of the season. It was also the 36th time this year he has had at least 20 points and 10 rebounds, the most in the league.
After losing eight of their previous 10 games to fall to eighth in the East, the Raptors got a little two-game breather on the schedule with trips to New Jersey and Minnesota, the two worst teams in the league.
They cruised to a win over the Nets on Saturday night, then outlasted the Timberwolves in a lackluster performance.
Antoine Wright and Sonny Weems scored 13 points each off the bench for the Raptors, who got just 10 points on 3 for 7 shooting from Hedo Turkoglu.
Wayne Ellington scored 17 points and Jonny Flynn had 14 points and six assists for the Timberwolves, who are approaching the 15-game losing streak that followed a season-opening win over the Nets earlier this year.
Their latest loss followed a familiar script.
Trailing by one point at halftime, the Timberwolves stumbled out of the second-half gates yet again to fall behind big.
Toronto opened the second with a 20-7 run to take a 66-52 lead. Bosh had nine points during the spurt, urging his teammates to kick it in gear.
The Raptors sure didn't start like a playoff spot was hanging in the balance. They sleep-walked through the first half, shooting 39 percent. Turkoglu only took one shot, and Bosh was the only player showing a sense of urgency on Toronto's side.
Bosh had 10 points and eight rebounds in the first half as the Raptors were clinging to a 46-45 lead, even though the Timberwolves shot just 38 percent and missed three wide open layups in the first 24 minutes.