On Friday Night, at the Air Canada Center in Toronto, the Knicks (32-20) were defeated by the Toronto Raptors (23-33) 100-98. Box Score
Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks in scoring with 32 points on 11-24 shooting from the floor. He was only 1-8 from three and had four assists and five rebounds.
J.R. Smith scored 19 points off the bench on 7-11 shooting from the floor. He also added four assists and four rebounds.
Amar’e Stoudemire scored 14 points off the bench on 6-10 shooting from the floor and also added six rebounds.
Rudy Gay led the Raptors in scoring with 32 points on 11-23 shooting from the floor. He had seven rebounds and two assists. DeMar Derozan scored 18 points and added six assists while Kyle Lowry scored 15 points including the go ahead basket.
Tyson Chandler had eight points, seven rebounds, five blocks, two assists and one steal.
Jason Kidd was tied with Chandler for the team lead in rebounds with seven scoring six points with four assists and two steals.
The Knicks bench outscored the Raptors bench 42-26
The Knicks out rebounded the Raptors 42-31 and had more assists by the count of 19-18.
This was the Raptors third consecutive win against the Knicks.
The Knicks are now 14-15 in their past 29 games after starting the season 18-5
This is the first four game losing streak for the Knicks since Mike Woodson took over as head coach.
The Knicks are now in third place in the Eastern Conference behind Indiana and Miami but remain in first place in the Atlantic Division over the Nets by one game.
Matthew Falkenbury, theKnicksBlog.com
I really never thought the Knicks were going to win this game. Not once did I think they deserved to win, played like they should win or was all that upset when they did eventually lose.
It has gotten to the point now where what can go wrong will go wrong. After working to somehow, in someway, take an 88-86 lead, they immediately let the Raptors outscore them 7-1. That was the game for the most part.
Sure, the Knicks and Raptors were tied 95-95 and Kyle Lowry hit a tough shot and Chandler missed a big free throw. But, even then, I was pretty much expecting a Rudy Gay buzzer beater anyway.
The defense switches everything to death. The shot selection late in the game was bad and although the Refs were horrible, the complaining has got to stop.
In the pre-game, I was hoping tonight would be one where the Knicks could help us all take a step back from the ledge a bit during this “Crisis of Confidence” we are having with this team.
I’m sure that even if the Knicks did win this game, the crisis would still be alive and well. The Raptors, mainly their bench, allowed the Knicks to hang around and gave them a chance to win. A chance the Knicks never deserved.
If not for a fourth quarter collapse by the Timberwolves a few weeks ago, the Knicks would have followed up a five game winning streak with a six game losing streak. Then again, losing 5 out of six, like they have, isn’t much better.
Mike Woodson has been stubborn to make changes and during other poor stretches this season, he pretty much was in “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” mode. Heck, he even said something to that affect in the pre-game press conference when talking about the starting lineup.
Well, it’s broken now and the faster it gets fixed, the better. The crisis for the Knicks and us fans is very real and who knows when it’s going to end.
Coming up next the Knicks will head home for the first time since the All-Star break as they will take on Jrue Holliday, Evan Turner and the Philadelphia 76ers. The game will start at 7:00 pm Sunday and will be shown on MSG