Recap: Knicks 103 – Raptors 98

Recap: The Knicks won their second straight game in consecutive nights with a shocking win over Atlantic Division leading Toronto 103-98 in New York on Saturday night.

Need to Know: Langston Galloway hit another huge 3-pointer with 13 seconds left to give the Knicks a 103-98 lead as they handed the Raptors another loss.  It was the first time this season the Knicks have won back-to-back games, coming on consecutive nights no less. Tim Hardaway Jr. led the Knicks (12-46) with 22 points while Andrea Bargnani scored 19 against his old team. Galloway’s 3-points was only his second basket of the game, first since the first half, and came with the Raptors in the midst of a 6-0 run that had cut the Knicks’ lead to 100-98 in the final minute. Galloway did lead the Knicks with eight rebounds.

Links: Box score  | Recap

Next up: The Knicks host the Kings on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Tonight’s Game: Raptors at Knicks , 7:30 p.m.

The Knicks are back home in New York tonight to take on the Raptors at 7:30 p.m. at Madison Square Garden.

The game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on MSG and ESPN New York.

The Knicks are coming off a win over the Pistons on Friday night on the road for their 11th win of the year behind 25 points from Andrea Bargnani. The Raptors, have lose four straight, but are still comfortably in first place in the Atlantic Division at 37-21.

For the Knicks, Langston Galloway,Tim Hardaway Jr., Andrea Bargnani, Lou Amundson and Cleanthony Early are expected to start.

Recent Meetings

Dec. 21, 2014: The Toronto Raptors jumped out to a 33-25 after twelve minutes and cruised the rest of the way to a wire-to-wire 118-108 victory over the New York Knicks at Air Canada Centre on a Sunday afternoon. Carmelo Anthony paced the New York Knicks with a team high 28 points and five rebounds over 38 minutes. Jose Calderon posted 15 points and tied a season high 10 assists over 34 minutes for his second double-double of the season. Kyle Lowery and Lou Williams recorded 22 points apiece for the Raptors. Greivis Vasquez added 21 points and five assists.

Dec. 14, 2014: Behind a late layup from Carmelo Anthony, New York took the Atlantic Division leaders to overtime only to be outlasted by the Toronto Raptors 95-90 at Madison Square Garden. Carmelo Anthony led the way with a team high 34 points and nine rebounds over a season high 44 minutes.

Tim Hardaway Jr. posted 18 points on a career high nine FTM and grabbed a career high six rebounds over 35 minutes. Terrence Ross paced the Raptors with 22 points and five rebounds over 33 minutes. Kyle Lowery recorded 21 points and 11 assists over 39 minutes.

Former Knick Anthony Mason Dead at 48

Adam Zagoria, Team Reporter

Former Knick Anthony Mason is dead at the age of 48 after suffering a massive heart attack earlier this month.

Madison Square Garden observed a moment of silence before Saturday’s Georgetown-St. John’s game, and tributes to Mason came pouring in from his family, former teammates and those around the NBA.

masonweb1s-1-web“First, I want to thank all those who offered prayers and well-wishes for my Father, our family really appreciated it,” Anthony Mason Jr. said in a statement released via St. John’s. “Overnight New York City and the world lost a legend, a friend, a brother..but more than anything our father, Anthony Mason. As you all would expect our father — Big Mase — put up an incredible fight dealing with a severe heart issues. I’m wishing this was something else I was writing, but Pops we’ve got to let you know we love you and know you’ll always be with us.

“I ask at this time that you respect our family’s privacy with regard to questions as our family takes the time to mourn.”

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement: “Anthony Mason exemplified perseverance for all players fighting for their chance in the NBA.  With a gritty style of play and a distinctive skill set, he blossomed from a third-round draft pick into a Sixth Man award-winner, All-NBA selection and, at age 34, an All-Star. NBA players and fans around the league admired his tenacity on defense and playmaking on offense. Our deepest sympathies go out to the Mason family at this time.”

Patrick Ewing, who teamed with Mason on those tough and physical 90s Knicks teams, said: ” “My heart is heavy after learning we lost Anthony Mason last night. We were teammates on the Knicks for five great seasons. Mase came to play every night and was always ready to go to battle with me every time we stepped on the court together. I will remember him for his strength, determination and perseverance. My thoughts are with his family. May he rest in peace”

Charles Oakley, Mason’s former front court partner, Tweeted: “MY MAN MY MAN A. MASON R.I.P, WE GONNA MISS U BROTHER.”

Knicks President Phil Jackson, who coached the Michael Jordan-led Chicago Bulls when Mason was a Knick, said: “As a competitor, there was none fiercer than Anthony Mason. Standing on the opposite end of the playing field, coaching in those great Chicago/New York battles, No. 14 in the Orange and Blue always stood out. On behalf of the entire Knickerbocker community, our condolences go out to Lahis family. Rest in peace, Mase.”

Just earlier this week, Antoine Mason, a senior guard a Auburn, had told that his father was “getting better.  Mason had been hospitalized in New York following the heart attack and congestive heart failure earlier this month.

“I actually spoke to him today,” Antoine, a senior guard at Auburn, told on Monday. “He can’t talk yet, but he can hear things and respond by blinking and shaking his head and things like that. When I talked to him, my mom and him, they’re telling me he’s getting better.”

A bruising power forward who was the heart and soul of the Knicks teams of the mid-1990s, he played 13 seasons in the NBA and made the All-Star team in 2000-01.

Photo: NY Daily News

Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider for You can follow him on Twitter.

Game Recap: Knicks 121 — Pistons 115 (2OT)

Recap: The Knicks ended an eight-game losing streak by rallying from an 18-point first-half deficit and won for the first time without Carmelo Anthony.

Need to Know: Shane Larkin (16 points) hit a three-point play in the final minute of the second OT to give the Knicks a four-point lead.

Andrea Bargnani, starting for the first time this season, led the Knicks with 25 points and 12 rebounds; Lou Amundson had 17 points and 14 rebounds.

Tim Hardaway Jr. (18 points) left in the third quarter to get four stitches above his eye after Amundson inadvertently elbowed him in the face. Hardaway returned in the fourth quarter and just missed on a jumper at the end of the first overtime . .The Knicks were 25-for-26 at the free-throw line.

Langston Galloway (12 points) hit a three-pointer with six seconds left in regulation to send the game to overtime.

The Knicks, who were 0-17 without Anthony before Friday, trailed 51-33 in the second quarter.

Greg Monroe (28 points, 13 rebounds) and Andre Drummond (21 points, 15 rebounds) led the Pistons, but were a combined 13-for-22 at the free-throw line. . .New Detroit acquistion Reggie Jackson had

The Pistons are 18-12 since Christmas Day.

Links: AP recap | Box Score

What’s Next: The Knicks host Atlantic Division leaders Toronto Saturday (7:30 p.m.).

Tonight’s Game: Knicks at Pistons

The Knicks are in Detroit on Friday night to take on the Pistons.

The game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on MSG and ESPN New York.

Lou Amundson, Lance Thomas, Jason Smith, Langston Galloway and Tim Hardaway Jr. are expected to start.

Recent Meetings

January 2, 2015 – New York suffered another loss as they were outscored 33-18 in the second frame as they were unable to recover en route to a 97-81 defeat from the hands of the Pistons at Madison Square Garden. New York was without the services of Carmelo Anthony (sore left knee), Samuel Dalembert (sprained right ankle), Tim Hardaway Jr. (mild concussion), Iman Shumpert (dislocated shoulder) and Amar’e Stoudemire (sore right knee). Andrea Bargnani left in the first quarter with a calf strain. J.R. Smith led the Knicks with a team high 22 points and five assists over 36 minutes. Cole Aldrich added 11 points and 14 rebounds over 36 minutes. Brandon Jennings paced the Pistons with 29 points on 11-17 shooting over 25 minutes. Greg Monroe posted 12 points and 10 rebounds. Andre Drummond added seven points and 20 rebounds. To read more of this story, click here

Phil Jackson Spends Two Days at Kentucky, Watches Cats Rout Arkansas

Adam Zagoria, Team Reporter

Phil Jackson spent two days at Kentucky, where he saw more first-round talent than the Knicks Phil Knicks
currently have on their roster.

The Knicks President watched Kentucky practice on Friday and then attended the Wildcats’ 84-67 rout of Arkansas at Rupp Arena on Saturday. Kentucky issued 20 NBA credentials for the game.

Kentucky is now 29-0, ranked No. 1 in the nation and pursuing the first perfect season in college basketball since Bob Knight’s Indiana team pulled it off in 1976.

Jackson scouted Ohio State freshman guard D’Angelo Russell on Thursday night, and now may be penalized by the NBA for commenting publicly on the 6-5 guard.

Kentucky currently has four projects first-round picks according to in No. 2 Karl-Anthony Town, No. 7 Willie Cauley-Stein, No. 14 Devin Booker and No. 25 Trey Lyles.

Dakari Johnson is projected at No. 36 and Andrew Harrison at No. 51.

“I’m not afraid to tell you: A bunch of these kids are going to be in the NBA next year,” Kentucky coach John Calipari said after the Arkansas game, according to Kyle Tucker of the Louisville Courier-Journal.

The Knicks currently own the NBA’s worst record (10-46) and have a 25 percent chance at the No. 1 pick, projected to be Duke’s Jahlil Okafor.

Some scouts believe the 7-foot Towns out of St. Joe’s-Metuchen (N.J.) has a higher upside than Okafor.

Kentucky held a combine before the season and all 30 NBA teams attended.

“I’m doing this for my guys,” John Calipari said then. “If it helps recruiting that’s fine but that’s not why I did it. I did it for my team and these kids here.”

Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider for You can follow him on Twitter.

Reggie Jackson to the Knicks could still happen

Reggie Jackson has long been connected to the New York Knicks.

The proposed pairing dates back to the original Iman Shumpert trade talks of last trading deadline, and the Thunder guard was originally expected to be included in the three-team swap that sent Shumpert and J.R. Smith to Cleveland earlier this season.

Jackson’s name was also mentioned in potential deals involving the Knicks this trade deadline, but of course nothing came of it. Instead, Jackson found himself on a plane to Detroit as the newest member of the Pistons’ backcourt.

Still, there’s no more route Jackson can take to get to Madison Square Garden.

Jackson could be the Knicks’ top free-agent target this summer when he becomes a restricted free agent, per the Post. Still, the Pistons are expected to try and lock Jackson up on a long-term deal and have the ability to match any offer he receives on the open market.

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The Knicks’ interest is Jackson is now widely known, but is it mutual?

With Goran Dragic off to South Beach, Jackson instantly hovers to the top of the free-agent guard list for the Knicks to target this summer.

Coach Derek Fisher offered praise for Jackson, calling him “fearless from the standpoint of taking shots and making plays,” adding he has “the kind of confidence and kind of swagger of a main guy that you need out there.”

In January, ESPN New York reported Jackson will be among the second- and third-tier free-agent players the Knicks target in an effort to upgrade the roster but also maintain cap space for the summer of 2016, when Kevin Durant is a free agent.

Maybe considered a second-tier free agent, but it’s a major improvement over the Knicks’ current situation. Jackson seems like an ideal fit for a Knicks’ backcourt desperate for an upgrade. And it appears he can see himself in New York, too.

In November, Jackson discussed his relationship with Fisher, his former teammate with the Thunder, to The Oklahoman. Said Jackson: “Fisher taught me a lot about being a professional. Being confident in yourself …”

It’s those exact traits that has the Knicks trying to land Jackson this summer.

Keith Schlosser, Lead Writer

I’m of the disagreeing opinion. The Knicks should not sign Jackson, despite his already evident relationship with Derek Fisher.

While Jackson’s former teammate could guide him towards becoming the type of point guard the triangle offense needs, it just doesn’t appear likely to be the best fit.

Jackson is a very good player. Already one of the more explosive point guards in the league, he’s able to pour in the points and attack the basket, regardless of what an opposing defender throws at him. As the starring attraction in Detroit, he’ll truly have an opportunity to strut his stuff and put that same talent on display as he states his case for a more lucrative contract come this summer.

But Jackson isn’t the type of player the Knicks need. He’s not the type of point guard the triangle calls for. If New York is truly committed to utilizing the triangle and making it work with new personnel (for better or for worse), Jackson isn’t their man.

Of course, Jackson can pass the ball, but he isn’t really known for being much of a distributor. He’s not a facilitator, or someone who specifically looks for his teammates in transition. Instead, he lets the defense attack, choosing to dish out the rock whenever he draws double-teams. While this is a positive development because it allows a team like the Knicks to spread the floor a bit, the triangle doesn’t necessarily need to run its offense through a point guard at all times, especially one that openly looks to score.

There’s no doubt Jackson is talented, but perhaps New York’s money would be wasted, especially when considering how much he’ll garner this coming summer. The 24 year old thrives and is at his best when the ball is in his hands. The triangle needs a floor general who is a strong fit off the ball as well.

Jackson is a career 29% shooter from downtown, with his best mark only at 34% just last season. Do the Knicks want to neutralize his talents? When looking at some of the other point guards Phil Jackson’s teams have called upon to be a key cog in the triangle (Fisher obviously being one of them), it wouldn’t appear as though Jackson would be an ideal fit. Hopefully the Knicks realize this and look to spend their money elsewhere. There are other talented players (arguably ones who will serve as better fits) set to be available for the type of money the Pistons’ young gun will earn.