Powered by Willy Hernangomez’s 20 first half points, the Knicks built a three-point advantage at the end of the first half. New York continued to look strong through three quarters of action as the home squad went toe-to-toe with the third-best team in the Eastern Conference. However, the Raptors drastically increased their output in the fourth frame by reeling off a 22-7 run to extend a three-point lead early in the quarter to 18 with five minutes remaining in the game. Toronto outscored the Knicks 32-17 in that fourth period en route to the 108-92 victory and 50th win of the season. Once again, DeMar DeRozan was the offensive catalyst for the Raptors, leading his club with 35 points on 11-of-15 shooting from the floor in just 29 minutes. Kyle Lowry added 17 points and 11 assists in the final meeting between the two teams this season.
Knick of the Night:
Hernangomez started strong and finished with a team-high 24 points. The rookie connected on 9-of-15 shots from the field he buried 5-of-6 attempts at the charity stripe. In 30 minutes, Hernangomez also snagged 11 boards to go along with five assists.
Courtney Lee posted 14 points, Mindaugas Kuzminskas contributed 12 points, and Ron Baker dished out eight dimes.
News and Notes:
Carmelo Anthony (sore knee), Kristaps Porzingis (sore back), and Lance Thomas (hip) were all unavailable for today’s contest.
Toronto outscored New York 18-11 in the open floor today at the Garden.
The Knicks will host the Sixers in the regular season finale at MSG on Wednesday night. Watch all the action on MSG Network at 8 PM.
by Jonah Ballow