Toronto Raptors vs New York Knicks
Monday, March 12, 2018
Oh what a high! The Raptors ended the 17-game win streak that had James Hardens’ beard getting endorsement deals on Friday night! I’m still hearing fans around the city and online talk about it. This is a huge win for Toronto as some panelists (including myself) have been saying the league and the fans aren’t giving the Raptors the recognition they deserve this season. After beating Houston, 108-105…that may now change.
The Toronto Raptors went to New York to play the Knicks for a day game Sunday at the Garden. Coming off a well deserved win the Raptors aren’t going to play with any less drive. The Knicks showcased their city edition uniforms which pays tribute to the New York fire department.
Knicks win the jump ball then go ahead and get the quick bucket by Luke Kornet . With OG Anunoby still injured, Norman Powell gets the start along side , Lowry, DeRozan, Ibaka and Valancuinas.After scoring 10pts in the first 10:00 of the opening quarter, Jonas Valanciunas heads to the bench and will later come back on the court to shine.
Fred Van Vleet checks into the game and continued to be the play maker that the Raps need. Van Vleet was the only Raptor to play all 12 minutes in the 4th quarter against Houston.
C.J. Miles drills a 3-pt bank shot from 27 feet out, at the buzzer after calling the shot, making it 32-27 at the end of the first. Miles going on to hit back-to-back three-pointers in 3rd. Toronto went on a 9-0 run after the Knicks tied it up with the second line playing remarkably. Raps get largest lead of the half, up 45-37 with 7:13 to play
JV checks back into for Jakob Poeltl. JV had his 20th double double of the season Friday night and almost got his 21st yesterday but was just shy with 17pts & 9reb.
Malcolm Miller is getting more playing time and showing the coaching staff that he can play with hitting the side line 3-pointer in front of the Raps bench to put them up by 8pts at the half.
65-57 at the half.
Eyes were on Tim Hardaway Jr and Demar DeRozan who went head to head throughout the game. Knicks’ star Hardaway Jr. had his career high 38pts back in November against Toronto. As hard as he played, the Raps were able to keep him to 25pts, a game high. DeRozan took it easy as he only put up 9pts, 4reb & 5ast.
At the end of the 3rd, Lowry gets fouled beyond the arc by Emmanuel Mudiay getting all three shots to go- extending the lead as they have one more quarter to go. Lowry finished with 16pts & 7ast.
To start the 4th quarter was Delon Wright getting his own rebound continuing to put the pressure on the Knicks. The 4th quarter went as smooth as possible for the Raps. Good ball movement, strategic plays. You could tell they were having fun on the court as thye imprive to 39-17.
Raps look to extend their 8-win streak (2nd longest in the NBA to Portland with 9) and will take the bus across the bridge to play the Brooklyn Nets, Tuesday at 7:30pm.
Raptors 132-106 Knicks