T-Wolves are easy prey

Chris Bosh (left) blows by Theo Ratliff in the Raptors win over the Timberwolves last night. SUN...

Chris Bosh (left) blows by Theo Ratliff in the Raptors win over the Timberwolves last night. SUN MEDIA/Stan Behal

FRANK ZICARELLI -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:49 AM ET

The Raptors kept the Minnesota Timberwolves at bay last night.

In the process, they kept their modest win streak alive and continued to beat up on some of the NBA's lesser lights.

With Minnesota playing -- and winning a rare game -- a night earlier, the Raptors survived a mini-scare in the opening quarter, but slowly began to take control in pushing their win streak to three following a 107-85 victory at the Air Canada Centre.

As they continue to aim for a higher seed in the East, the Raptors are presented with yet another winnable game tomorrow night when the Indiana Pacers, who are winless against Toronto this season, pay a visit to the ACC.

Once the Raptors began to play defence last night and once they found their shooting rhythm, this wasn't so much a case of whether the home side would win, but rather by how much.

Sam Mitchell, a one-time T-Wolve, ran his personal record against his former team to 8-0 as the Raptors completed their season sweep against a Minnesota team that isn't very deep.

Outside of Al Jefferson, the only player in the NBA to average 20 points and 10 rebounds and not appear at the all-star game, and Randy Foye, the talent base with Minnesota is quite thin.

The same can't be said for the Raptors, who seem poised to finish the month of February much like they began it.

In the 10 previous games entering the night, the Raptors averaged 105.8 points and close to 50% shooting from the field.

"We're getting healthy now,'' Jose Calderon said. "We're getting contributions from everyone; the starters and the guys who come off the bench."

For the second game in a row, T.J. Ford played like the T.J. Ford of old, sparking Toronto's bench and making shots by applying a lot of pressure on Minnesota's defence.

While the debate at the point position is sure to resurface, it would be foolish for the Raptors to supplant Calderon with Ford.

While Calderon runs the offence and protects the basketball, Ford is one of the few Raptors who can actually create his own shot.

His ability in transition to find spot-up shooters is uncanny and it's hard to see the likes of a Jason Kapono and Carlos Delfino getting so many open looks if Ford wasn't leading the Raptors' second unit.

Ford dissected Minnesota's defence with his penetration and got to the line often, a point of emphasis on a night when the Raptors attempted 28 free throws.

Another telling tale was the one-side turnover battle, which saw the Raps score 30 points off 20 Minnesota miscues.

"We got to the free-throw line and we had a lot of guys play well,'' Mitchell said. "We played well as a team."

Quietly, Chris Bosh went about his business and was his typical solid self, using his smooth jumper and drawing double teams en route to a game-high 28 points.


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