RAPTORS 100 KNICKS 98 | AIR CANADA CENTRE
How it happened:
After fighting back from a 13-point deficit in the third quarter, the Knicks fell just short in a 100-98 loss to the Raptors on Friday night.
Kyle Lowry nailed a driving hook shot over the outstretched arms of Tyson Chandler with 28 seconds remaining on the game clock to give Toronto a 97-95 lead.
On New York’s next offensive possession, Chandler was tripped on a dive to the rim and was sent to the line for two free throws. The big man missed the first attempt and sunk the second. The Raptors capitalized on the foul game while securing their second victory over the Knicks in nine days.
New York erased Toronto’s advantage at the 6:09 mark of the final stanza when J.R. Smith finished in the lane for a layup. The Knicks led 88-86 at that point but could never seize full control of the contest.
After limiting the Raptors to just 16 second quarter points, Toronto regained the lead in the third behind an offensive outburst from Rudy Gay. The newly acquired forward scored 26 of his 32 points in the second half and helped the home team outscore New York 31-19 in the pivotal third frame.
Carmelo Anthony shook off a 2-for-7 start to finish with a team-high 32 points in the defeat. Smith added 19 off the pine, Amar'e Stoudemire contributed 14, and Chandler swatted five shots.
New York has lost four straight contests and dropped to 32-20 on the season.
Knick of the Night:
Anthony connected on 11-of-24 shots in a dual against Gay for the best offensive forward on the floor on Friday night. The All-Star buried 9-of-11 shots at the charity stripe, grabbed six boards, and dished out four assists.
New York found a way to score in the box by posting 38 points in the paint as opposed to Toronto’s 30.
The Knicks head back to New York after completing the two-game road trip in Toronto. On Sunday, the squad will return to Madison Square Garden for a matchup against the 76ers.