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Saturday, December 28th (All times Eastern)

New York Knicks (9-20) at Toronto Raptors (12-15), 7 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Toronto Raptors shoot for a home-and-home sweep of the slumping New York Knicks when the Atlantic Division rivals square off Saturday at Air Canada Centre.

In Friday's opener of this quick set from Madison Square Garden, DeMar DeRozan pumped in 25 points on 7-of-13 shooting and Jonas Valanciunas added a double- double with 16 points and 18 rebounds.

Kyle Lowry ended with 15 points and 11 assists for the Raptors, who have won five of their last seven games and went 3-1 on their road trip.

"I think tonight our defense really created a lot of offense for us. We got a chance to get out and run and make some decisions out in the open floor," said Lowry.

The Raptors are 4-8 at home and first in the Atlantic, four games ahead of the Knicks. After hosting New York, the Raptors will visit Chicago on Tuesday.

New York shot just 38 percent for the game, but had four players with 15 or more points. Former Raptor Andrea Bargnani picked up the scoring in Carmelo Anthony's absence and posted 18 points with 12 rebounds. Bargnani was traded to the Knicks in the offseason for Marcus Camby and Steve Novak.

Bargnani played seven seasons with Toronto and was selected first overall by the Raptors in the 2006 NBA Draft.

J.R. Smith scored 17 points to go with seven rebounds and six assists, while Beno Udrih netted 15 points and handed out 10 assists. Tim Hardaway Jr. also scored 15 points for the Knicks, who have dropped four of the last six games.

"We have almost play a perfect game until we're whole again," Knicks coach Mike Woodson said.

Anthony missed his second straight game with a sprained left ankle and point guard Raymond Felton is out with a groin strain.

The Knicks have won two in a row on the road, are 5-8 outside of MSG and will start a four-game trek Saturday against Toronto, San Antonio, Houston and Dallas.

New York and Toronto split four games last season. The Knicks have dropped 13 of the past 18 games north of the border.

12/28 10:17:30 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CAR 4
TOR 1
Final
DUKE 66
UCONN 56
Final
CHI 103
NYK 97
Final
HOU 90
NOP 99
4th
SAC 84
MIL 87
 
Half
GSW 65
OKC 63
 
Final
RICE 72
STTHOMASTX 61
 
Final
UVA 70
CLST 54
Final
LIU 69
FIU 58
 
Final
STET 67
GSOUT 76
 
Final
QUIN 80
LEH 65
 
Final
SFLA 69
SHU 89
Final
RICH 65
SALA 54
Final
CAN 60
USB 59
 
Final
DEL 62
TEMPL 82
Final
WCU 56
WRST 69
 
Final
VERM 56
YALE 57
 
Final
SDKST 75
IDST 72
 
Final
RIDE 62
MRGST 48
 
Final
LATU 79
NICST 54
 
Final
CHAR 75
APP 65
Final
MISS 71
CCAR 68
 
Final
DUKE 66
UCONN 56
Final
BRAD 80
EUREK 38
 
Final
PEAY 76
OAKC 52
 
Final
JST 66
SMISS 46
 
Final
SD 55
MNTST 53
 
Final
UAB 70
LSU 79
Final
EVAN 81
OHIO 69
 
Final
CSFU 72
CSDH 50
 
2nd
ORST 87
DEP 54
 
2nd
PAC 58
NEV 55
 
Final
USF 77
PORST 40
 
Final
IDAHO 86
WALLA 39
 
2nd
UTST 44
CALST 33
 
Final
PIT 1
COL 0
Final
PHI 1
FLA 2
Final
CAR 4
TOR 1
Final
CLB 4
WAS 5
Final
MON 1
ANA 2
2nd
SJS 2
EDM 3
 
2nd
LOS 2
STL 3
 
Final
JAC 21
TEN 13