TORONTO (AP)—Kevin Garnett does not think his Minnesota teammates have given up—but he sounds worried about it.
Garnett had 15 points and 12 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who were routed by Toronto 97-77 on Friday night.
Minnesota has dropped nine of 11 and is 28-41 on the season.
“This is probably a test more than anything for everybody, to see who is going to give up and who is going to pack it up and go home,” Garnett said.
Asked if everybody is with him, Garnett said: “so far.”
Before the game, Toronto coach Sam Mitchell said he felt for Garnett—his ex-teammate and good friend. Minnesota scored a franchise-low eight points in the first quarter. The Timberwolves missed 15 of their first 17 shots as Toronto began the game on a 19-4 run.
“Giving up is very easy,” Garnett said. “To continue to work and to continue to compete is one of the most difficult things, especially in a rough environment when you really don’t have anything to play for other than dignity.”
Bosh was all smiles in the locker room after Toronto’s fourth straight win over Minnesota.
“I haven’t won on my birthday since college,” said Bosh. “It was good to play hard and get a win by double figures.”
Bosh had nine points as Toronto led 24-8 after the first. Showing little movement on offense the Timberwolves collected just one assist in the period.
He admitted to relishing the opportunity to play against Garnett, one of his idols.
“I just appreciate the battle that we had,” said Bosh. “I was trying to stop him, he was trying to stop me, and all in all it was just a great competition.”
Minnesota never threatened.
“It’s almost like we are playing for pride. Some people are going to play every night, some people aren’t,” Ricky Davis said.
Peterson’s 3-pointer and Joey Graham’s fastbreak layup gave Toronto a 23-point lead early in the fourth—their largest lead of the game.
Toronto outrebounded Minnesota 53-34.
The Raptors had a chance to score 100 points and win a free slice of pizza for their fans, but Matt Bonner decided against a 3-point attempt after teammate Derrick Martin told him not to—drawing boos from the crowd of 17,493.
The Timberwolves—who lost to New Jersey on Thursday—dropped to 8-27 on the road this season.
Minnesota’s Rashad McCants had 10 points in his second career start. … Trenton Hassell is expected to miss at least a week because of sprains to his left knee and ankle. … Minnesota’s previous low for a first quarter was 10 against New Jersey on Oct. 31. 2003.