|New York vs|
|93 - 105|
Alston banked in a 3-pointer to start a 13-0 run midway through the fourth quarter, and the Toronto Raptors sent the New York Knicks to their 10th loss in 11 games with a 105-93 victory Tuesday night.
"You have to go glass to call glass," Alston said. "When you go like I did, that was an accidental bank shot."
The 25-footer from the left wing was one of the few offensive highlights from Alston on a night when he missed 12 of 16 shots. But he followed it up with another 3-pointer and finished with three makes from behind the arc.
The point guard also had nine rebounds, seven assists and four steals and was one of the few players who exerted an NBA-caliber level of effort.
Chris Bosh scored 29 points, four shy of his career high, and Jalen Rose added 25 for the Raptors, who trailed by as many as 19 before making a comeback against the uninspired Knicks. The 13-0 run gave Toronto a 91-85 lead, and the Knicks never challenged again before being booed off the court.
"The way we played in the second half, we didn't play with any effort," said Stephon Marbury, who led New York with 22 points. "And as a team, we basically went out and thought they were just going to roll over. In this league you have teams that play with pride, and they played with a lot of pride tonight."
Maurice Taylor added 17 points for the Knicks, who dropped to 14-25 under interim coach Herb Williams. New York center Kurt Thomas did not score in 26 minutes before fouling out, and rookie Trevor Ariza did not play in an absence that Williams declined to explain.
"You have to ask (Williams). He made the decision, not me," Ariza said.
The Raptors, who had lost four of their previous five games, exerted more effort than the Knicks over the final 12 minutes as the all-but-meaningless game was decided. Both teams have already been eliminated from postseason contention.
Taylor was 7-for-8 from the field in the second quarter to help New York go ahead 54-35 before Bosh ended the half with a 3-pointer, his third of the season. Toronto opened the third quarter with a 22-4 run to take a 60-58 lead before Marbury scored his first points of the game on a driving bank shot to tie it at 60 with 4:02 left in the period.
Marbury knocked down three 3-pointers in the first 4 1/2 minutes of the fourth quarter to help the Knicks to an 85-78 lead before Alston banked in his momentum-turning 3.
"Jerome Williams said 'Did you call it?' I said I couldn't even call my free throws with the way I was shooting," Alston said.
Raptors coach Sam Mitchell had a prolonged back and forth with referee Bill Kennedy during the first quarter after Kennedy thought he heard one of Toronto's assistants use a curse word in complaining about a non-call. "No he didn't!" Mitchell yelled. "Yes, he did!" Kennedy retorted. The argument continued, each man repeating the same line, for about 30 seconds. Veteran referee Dick Bavetta spoke with Kennedy during the ensuing timeout. ... Sitting front and center in celebrity row was NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon, who knew where to go to find two teams spinning their wheels. ... Knicks forward Malik Rose said he is mulling a request to join TNT's studio team for the cable network's NBA playoff coverage.