NBA Game Summary - New York at Toronto|
(Friday, April 11th)
Final Score: New York 108, Toronto 100
Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - On the brink of elimination, the New York
Knicks kept their season alive on Friday.
Carmelo Anthony scored 30 points with eight rebounds and the Knicks took a
108-100 decision from the Toronto Raptors to keep their slim playoff hopes
New York remains two games back of Atlanta for eighth place in the Eastern
Conference with three games remaining for both teams.
Amar'e Stoudemire deposited a season-high 24 points with 11 rebounds and J.R.
Smith added 15 points in the win.
"Again, Atlanta has to lose the next three games and we have to win the next
three games," said New York coach Mike Woodson. "That's the only way we got to
get in. We had to grind this one out. It was a total team effort."
Toronto, meanwhile, clinched the Atlantic Division for the second time in
franchise history and its first since the 2006-07 season with Brooklyn's loss
DeMar DeRozan paced the Raptors with 26 points, Kyle Lowry tallied 25 and
Jonas Valanciunas dropped in 14 points with a career-high 21 rebounds.
"It sucks that we lost the game, but it feels great to win the division," said
DeRozan. "The feeling is we're still anxious, we still want more. We're not
satisfied with nothing. We have more basketball to play."
The two teams couldn't distance themselves from one another in the first half,
with Toronto holding a five-point edge for the largest margin in the opening
Lowry buried a 3-pointer with 33.8 seconds left in the first to give the
Raptors a 26-24 lead entering the second. Valanciunas made a layup late in the
second that pushed Toronto's lead to 46-41. Anthony followed with a pair of
free throws, then tipped in Stoudemire's miss to cap the scoring in the second
and cut the deficit to 47-45.
The Raptors opened up the third with 3-pointers from Terrence Ross and DeRozan
to stretch the margin to eight, but Smith followed a Stoudemire dunk with a
trey to tie it at 61-apiece with just under seven minutes remaining.
New York grabbed a one-point edge minutes later after an Anthony jumper before
John Salmons hit a 3 that pushed Toronto in front, 71-69.
The Knicks answered with seven straight points to jump back in front, 76-71.
Greivis Vasquez and Patrick Patterson then hit 3s before Anthony converted a
jumper with 17.9 seconds left to give the Knicks a 78-77 advantage heading to
the final period.
New York stretched the lead to eight, 94-86, following an Iman Shumpert layup
a the midway point of the fourth. Stoudemire's transition dunk two minutes
later made it 100-89 in favor of the Knicks.
New York didn't make another field goal from there, but did convert all eight
attempts from the free throw line in the final minute to seal the win.
Toronto had a season high-tying 15 3-pointers ... Lowry set the franchise
record for 3-pointers in a season, passing Morris Peterson (177) ... New York
shot 35-for-73 (47.9 percent) ... The Knicks scored 22 points off of 16
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