By Charlie Widdoes (Twitter)
KNICKS 95, RAPTORS 92 | MADISON SQUARE GARDEN
How it Happened:
Knicks fans were hoping for a playoff run this season, and since being eliminated from postseason contention, the team has shown why.
On Fan Appreciation Night at the Garden, the Knicks fell behind early, trailing by 21 at one point in the 2nd quarter, but never gave up and pulled out one last win. Without Carmelo Anthony or Tyson Chandler in uniform, the same crew that dominated last night in Brooklyn put on a show for the fans with a stirring comeback to close the season on a high note.
J.R. Smith led all scorers with 30 points, including three crucial jumpers down the stretch. Cole Aldrich, for the second night in a row, notched a double-double -- this time with 16 rebounds and 13 points. Rookies Tim Hardaway Jr. and Toure' Murry closed out their first NBA seasons with a combined 33 points.
Knick of the Night:
Smith gets the award for his fantastic finish to the season. A crucial part of New York's late playoff push, Smith did all he could to put a slow start behind him by moving into the starting lineup and regaining the form that made him last year's 6th Man of the Year.
The Knicks will clean out their lockers and have exit interviews tomorrow before heading their separate ways to train for the offseason.