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The Toronto Raptors were unable to extend their four-game win streak, falling to the New York Knicks by a score of 120-103. Toronto drops to a 25-35 record as they continue to fight for the final play-in tournament spot in the Eastern Conference. The Knicks remain hot, extending their current win streak to nine games in a row, their longest streak since back in the 2013 season.
Despite poor shooting, the Raptors kept the score close for most of the game, going into the fourth quarter only down by a five-point deficit. But with a fourth quarter surge that saw the Knicks outscore the Raps 32-20, Toronto was unable to complete the comeback and ultimately came up short. The Raps could not match the Knicks shooting efficiency from both their starters and bench tonight, finishing with a 43.4% field goal percentage and 38.6% from deep.
The Raptors were faced with the tough assignment of containing Julius Randle, who continued his dominant play in this one from start to finish. He finished with 31 points and 10 rebounds on an efficient 58.8% field goal percentage. He continues to be in the conversation for Most Improved Player, also adding five threes in this one on 71.4% shooting. The Knicks also received a big spark from Derrick Rose off the bench who finished with 19 points on 70% shooting from the field. Rose has stepped up with his extended minutes in place of Alec Burks (COVID-19 protocol), also finishing with 7 assists, 4 rebounds and 2 steals in 33 minutes.
It was a good game for starters Fred VanVleet, OG Anunoby and Pascal Siakam who carried the majority of the offensive load for this game. VanVleet led the way in the Raps’ backcourt with 27 points and 11 assists on 50% shooting from the field while Siakam added 26 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Anunoby had an impressive shooting performance, going 6-11 from deep, finishing with 27 points, 5 rebounds and 2 steals as well.
The Raptors did not get much production from their bench, as the reserves combined for just 11 points on 4/13 shooting from the field. Gary Trent Jr. had a hard night in his bench role, shooting 2/8 and finishing with only 4 points. Expect him and the Raps’ bench to bounce back for the next contest as they continue their pursuit of a play-in spot.
The Raptors are back in Tampa to begin the week Monday against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Tune into the game at 7:30 p.m. EST.