By Charlie Widdoes (Twitter)
RAPTORS 95, KNICKS 83 | MADISON SQUARE GARDEN
How it happened:
With a chance to gain ground in the Atlantic Division race, the Knicks jumped out to double-digit leads but were unable to capitalize. After losing to the Raptors at home, 95-83, they'll jump on a plane headed for Toronto and try to regroup against the same opponent tomorrow.
New York managed to jump out to an early lead despite losing Tyson Chandler to his second foul just a minute and 11 seconds into the game, and for their part, were lights-out from downtown all night. Led by Tim Hardaway Jr., who was 4-for-5 from three, the team shot 53 percent behind the arc.
They even held the Raptors to 42 percent shooting for the night, but simply weren't able to execute down the stretch.
Toronto outscored the Knicks, 29-12, in the 4th quarter, and established dominance on the boards, finishing with a 50-42 rebounding edge. Jonas Valanciunas, the second-year big man, was fantastic, putting up 16 points and 18 rebounds in the win.
Knick of the Night:
Andrea Bargnani was solid against his former team, especially early. He put up 18 points and set a personal Knicks high with 12 rebounds on the night.
The second night of the home-and-home with the Raptors comes tomorrow night in Toronto.