After holding Indiana to 94 points on Friday, the Raptors defense was solid again, holding the Knickerbockers to 90, with 34 of those coming from Carmelo Anthony. Toronto is now 10-0 when holding teams below 100 points, a great sign for this team when the offense is, well, less than spectacular.
This was one of those nights. The Raptors committed 23 turnovers, nine of those coming from Kyle Lowry, whose 21 points, 11 rebounds and six steals came in fits and starts for the point guard. Terrence Ross picked up the slack, though, scoring a season-high 22 points in 33 minutes, putting up a +13 mark. As he usually does in signature games, he threw down a signature dunk.
The Knicks fought hard and were opportunistic on the Raptors turnovers. Anthony paced their scoring, but he needed help in clutch moments. It didn’t come. The Raptors outscored them 9-4 in overtime as New York shot just 37 percent from the field and looked every bit the team that has now lost 21 games this year. This game was close because the Raptors allowed it to be.
The win moves the Raptors to 18-6, though, a half game up on the Wizards for tops in the Eastern Conference. New York, meanwhile, at 5-21 has (shockingly) the same amount of losses as the Philadelphia 76ers, who are trying to lose. The NBA is crazy.
Toronto will now head home to play Orlando tomorrow night for the third time this season. They’re 2-0 against the Magic, but we’ll see if the extra five minutes tonight affect how they play on Monday.
What were your thoughts on this one? Hopefully you didn’t pull out as much hair as I did.