On Saturday Night, at Madison Square Garden, the Knicks (42-26) defeated the Toronto Raptors (26-44) 110-84. Box Score
Carmelo Anthony, playing in only 30 minutes, led the Knicks in scoring with 28 points on 9-19 shooting from the floor. He also led the team in rebounding with eight and added two assists.
J.R. Smith came off the bench to score 25 points on 9-16 shooting from the floor and 7-8 from the free throw line. He added five rebounds, three assists and two steals.
Kenyon Martin had another strong game with 18 points on 7-11 shooting from the floor to go along with seven rebounds and two steals.
DeMar DeRozan led the Raptors in scoring with 17 points on 7-15 shooting from the field. He added three rebounds and three assists. Alan Anderson only scored 14 points on 5-14 shooting and Kyle Lowry also scored 14 to go with four assists and four rebounds.
Pablo Prigioni scored only two points but had six assists to lead the team and was third on team in rebounding with six.
Jason Kidd, celebrating his 40th birthday, scored three points, making his only shot, and added three rebounds, two assists and a steal
James White was the only player on either team tonight that did not score that entered the game.
The Knicks are now 7-6 in their last 13 games against the Raptors and split the season series 2-2.
The Knicks had a season high 14 steals led by the four from Iman Shumpert.
The Knicks were 7-19 from three which is good for 37% while the Raptors shot only 4-23 from three, good for 17%
The Knicks bench outscored the Raptors bench 45-22. J.R. Smith outscored them by himself 25-22.
Well, the Knicks most certainly took care of business tonight against a Raptors team that looked like it wanted nothing to do with this game tonight.
I mean, other than Landry Fields trying to get his revenge on Melo for pretty much ruining his rookie season and his career (the money he has stolen, er made from Toronto not withstanding) the Raptors looked like they didn’t care at all.
For the Knicks tonight, you had plenty of positives as it seems like Saturday night home games have become a showcase for blowout victories recently.
Melo was efficient, brilliant and played a nice solid 30 minutes before taking a seat and enjoying the win.
Kenyon Martin has become such a fan favorite with his play recently that the Garden was chanting his name.
Then to top it off, you have J.R. Smith who is starting to figure out that the free throw line and forcing defenders to foul him as he drives the rim is a good thing.
This four game winning streak, starting with that gutty win over the Jazz on Monday was just want the doctor ordered for the Knicks. They are now 6.5 ahead of Boston, 2 games ahead of Brooklyn as this was posted and tied for 2nd in the East with Indiana.
The schedule gets tougher from here for the Knicks starting on Tuesday with a trip up to Boston and games against Memphis at home, with Miami and Oklahoma City on the road as well. The final 14 games of the season should be interesting and it will tell us a lot about our Knicks as they get ready for the playoffs.
Now, normally I only have “Knicks Blowout Theatre” after a blowout loss, but Chris Copeland having to sing Happy Birthday to Jason Kidd at center court before the game is just too good not to put up. The rookie hazing he has been put through has been quite epic. Enjoy!
Coming up next the Knicks are back on the road after two days off as they head up to Boston and they will take on Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and the Boston Celtics. The game is on Tuesday at 8:00 pm and can be seen on TNT.