KNICKS 106 RAPTORS 87 | MADISON SQUARE GARDEN
How it happened:
At the 5:40 mark of the second quarter, the Knicks only led by six points and were looking for a spark to increase the advantage. Jeremy Lin accomplished that task with a 3-pointer off a feed from Carmelo Anthony in the last couple of seconds to give New York a 53-44 lead heading into the locker room.
Lin continued his theatrics in the third period with a high floating bank shot, an open jumper, and an alley-oop to Landry Fields in a matter of minutes. A 14-8 run and 5-point play courtesy of two Aaron Gary technical fouls, created a nice 15-point cushion for the home squad.
In search of its fourth consecutive win, New York closed in impressive fashion behind a 12-3 run in the final stanza. Over a three-minute period, the Knicks sparked the home crowd by turning Raptors turnovers into quick scoring opportunities in the transition game. The fans at MSG were treated to a Lin dunk and an Anthony steal and alley-oop to Tyson Chandler during the game-breaking stretch.
New York outscored Toronto 27-19 in the fourth quarter while improving to 22-24 on the season. Four of the five starters registered double figures and JR Smith chipped in 11 points off the pine.
“We came out in the fourth and played great defensively. That seems to get our offense going. When we play like that we are hard to beat.” -- Amar'e Stoudemire
Stoudemire was a consistent offensive threat on Tuesday night with a team-high 22 points. The big man also hauled down 12 boards in his double-double performance. Lin shares the honors tonight as he scored 11 of his 18 points in the second half and finished with 10 dimes in the win.
News and Notes:
Baron Davis missed his second consecutive game with a strained hamstring that he suffered in Friday’s win over Indiana. Mike Bibby played 11 minutes off the bench, replacing Davis, and Iman Shumpert also earned some minutes at the point guard spot on Tuesday night.
New York dominated the glass 46-30 and owned the Raptors in the paint 50-40. By forcing 17 turnovers, the Knicks found space in the open floor and registered 14 fast break points. New York also posted 20 second chance points.
Directly after the contest against Toronto, the Knicks made the quick jaunt to Philadelphia. On Wednesday night, the two Atlantic Division rivals will square off at 7 PM.