Knicks Fall To Raptors

Jonah Ballow



How it happened:
The Knicks and Raptors exchanged leads throughout the first half but Toronto gained separation late in the third quarter and earned the 107-88 win on Friday night in Montreal.

Toronto hit nine of its 26 3-point attempts in the second half to ignite the “home” team’s offense. A behind the back pass from former Knick Landry Fields to DeMar DeRozan on the fastbreak at the 3:42 mark provided a 13-point cushion for the Raptors in the fourth quarter and they never looked back.

New York’s third preseason outing featured a new twist as Amar’e Stoudemire made his exhibition debut. Early in the contest, Stoudemire was effective by scoring six points on 3-of-4 shooting from the floor. In fact, Carmelo Anthony and Stoudemire both found success in the first period, combining for 13 points while propelling the Knicks to a 26-20 advantage.

Stoudemire gained some offensive momentum in the fourth quarter when he joined Chris Copeland, Steve Novak, Jason Kidd, and Pablo Prigioni in the lineup. At the center spot, the big man was blasting his way to the rim off the pick-and-roll. He also drilled a nice jumper off a pick-and-pop, scoring eight of his 18 points in the final stanza. Stoudemire logged 26 minutes, shot 8-of-11 from the floor, and grabbed five boards.

Raymond Felton was solid once again, dropping nine points and four assists in the defeat. Steve Novak scored seven points off the pine.

Ronnie Brewer and Marcus Camby traveled with the team but did not suit up for this contest in Montreal. J.R. Smith remained in New York as he is nursing a sore left ankle.

Top Knick:
Anthony led the Knicks with 24 points on 8-of-20 shooting from the floor. The small forward hit 8-of-11 shots at the charity stripe, snatched six boards, and dished out three assists in 34 minutes of court time.

Statistically Speaking:
Some telling stats in this loss for the Knicks. Toronto managed to win the battle in the paint 46-44, 2nd chance points 24-12, and tallied 16 fast break points compared to two for the road squad.

Looking Ahead:
The Knicks stayed overnight in Montreal and will head to Albany for another matchup against the Celtics on Saturday night. Watch all the action on MSG Networks at 7:30 PM and stay tuned to for a gameday preview.

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