On Wednesday Night, at Madison Square Garden, the Knicks (32-18) were defeated by the Toronto Raptors (21-32), by the score of 92-88. Box Score
J.R. Smith led the Knicks in scoring tonight with 26 points on 8-17 shooting from the field. He made five three pointers and this was the 7th time he has led the team in scoring.
Carmelo Anthony had a horrific shooting night as he was only 5-24 from the floor for 12 points and was hit with his NBA leading 10th technical foul. He did lead the team in rebounding with 12.
The Toronto Raptors tonight were led in scoring by….Alan Anderson. Yup, Alan Anderson scored 26 points on 10-14 shooting including 6-8 from three. DeMar DeRozan scored 20 points and Rudy Gay had a bad shooting night, going 4-21 and scoring 11 points.
Landry Fields in his first game back since leaving the Knicks as a free agent led the Raptors in rebounds with 10 and scored only five points.
Raymond Felton was second on the team in scoring with 16 points and had five assists, four rebounds and four steals.
Kyle Lowry was ejected from the game in the third quarter after getting his second technical foul. He scored 12 points and only had one assist.
The Knicks out rebounded the Raptors 52-35, including 20-8 on the offensive glass
The Knicks missed nine free throws as they went 23-32 for only 72%
The Raptors and Knicks benches each scored 45 points. Both leading scorers tonight played off the bench.
Over the past 14 games, when the Knicks score 97+ points they are 7-0 and are are only 2-5 when scoring less than that.
The Knicks are now only 9-7 at home since starting the year 10-0. Since starting the year 18-5 the Knicks are only 14-13.
Hey, did anyone else know that the Knicks last game before the All-Star break was actually on Sunday, and not tonight?
Truly there are no words, beyond some choice ones that would affect my employment here with SNY, that I can use to describe what we witnessed tonight at MSG.
If the game in Philadelphia in late January was the worst performance of the season, this was the worst performance of the season at home for the Knicks.
The sad thing about it is that when the game in Philly happened, the Knicks at least had a game the next night to wash away the stink. The stink from tonight wont have a chance to be gone for a week thanks to the All-Star Break.
The Knicks had a chance to go into the break on a high note and instead that note is more like the sound you hear when you lose a game during the Price is Right.
In honor of the Knicks deciding to take off early for the break, I’m going to do the same and leave you with a video of the best dunks from the 1988 Slam Dunk Contest. I figure watching this can help us all get over the game we saw tonight.
Coming up next the Knicks are off for the All Star break. Carmelo Anthony will start the game on Sunday for the East while Tyson Chandler will come off the bench. Steve Novak will participate in the 3-Point Contest while James White will perform in the Dunk Contest on Saturday night. The next Knicks game will be Wednesday the 20th on the road in Indiana against the Pacers. The game will start at 7:00 pm and will be shown on MSG