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Record: 19-47
Frye led the Knicks with 19 points (Getty Images)
Frye led the Knicks with 19 points (Getty Images)
NEW YORK (AP) - In a season where little has gone right, chalk up one huge wrong for the New York Knicks .

Rookie Channing Frye left the Knicks' 114-109 loss to the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday night with a sprained left knee ligament - an injury caused when teammate Nate Robinson seemed to knock Andre Barrett into him.

Barrett was racing upcourt with the ball with a little more than 9 1/2 minutes left when Robinson, chasing him from behind, appeared to try to swipe the ball away. Barrett lost his balance and fell into Frye's left leg.

"I apologized to him like 100 times already," Robinson said. "I definitely took full responsibility of what I did. Hopefully it's minor because I would hate for me to be the one to hurt his career or anything like that."

Frye, one of the few bright spots for the Knicks (19-47), was helped to the locker room and X-rays were negative. He will remain in New York for further testing instead of traveling with the team for Wednesday's game in Orlando.

"It could have been a lot worse, but I'll be back," Frye said as he left Madison Square Garden on crutches.

"I kind of knew something happened, because I hit him hard," Barrett said. "And when I tripped I couldn't control myself and he's just standing there."

Mike James scored 37 points, one shy of his season high, and Chris Bosh added 31 as Toronto won for the fourth time in five games. James helped Toronto pull away in the third quarter, then Bosh carried the Raptors while James was quiet for most of the fourth.

"I played well for three quarters, and in the fourth I really didn't do too much," James said. "That's when Chris Bosh took over."

Charlie Villanueva had 15 points for Toronto.

Frye finished with 19 points. Jamal Crawford (16 points), Qyntel Woods (15) and Robinson (12) led a strong bench effort as the Knicks tried to rally in the fourth quarter.

In a matchup of two of the NBA's worst teams, neither led by more than six until James helped the Raptors pull away late in the third quarter. His 3-pointer gave Toronto a 73-67 lead, and after Frye made a three-point play, Morris Peterson answered with another 3 to keep the Raptors ahead by six.

Bosh followed with a free throw, then James converted a three-point play on a tough drive into the lane, pushing Toronto's lead to 80-70 with 3:09 left in the third. Francis scored, but James nailed another 3-pointer while being fouled, and his free throw made it 84-72.

"Coming home is always a pleasure," said James, a native of Amityville, N.Y. "They say if you can't perform in the Garden, you can't perform nowhere. This is the Mecca."

After consecutive turnovers by Francis, Joey Graham made a jumper give the Raptors an 86-72 advantage.

The Knicks got within 10 to end the quarter, then scored the first five points of the fourth to cut Toronto's lead to 86-81 on a 3-pointer by Woods. Bosh then scored Toronto's next seven points as the Raptors regained a double-digit lead at 93-83, and the Knicks couldn't get the deficit under six points until the final minute.

"Sometimes when I have a 1-on-1 advantage and teams don't do a good job of either doubling or clogging the paint, that works to my advantage," Bosh said.

Crawford's basket pulled New York to 112-108 with 51 seconds to go, but he was called for an offensive foul on the Knicks' next possession to end their comeback hopes.

James scored 17 points in the first half. His third 3-pointer of the second quarter with 6.8 seconds left gave the Raptors a 55-53 halftime lead.

Notes:
Assistant coach Mark Aguirre was not with the Knicks after going with coach Larry Brown and team president Isiah Thomas to the funeral for former DePaul coach Ray Meyer in Chicago. Brown said it was an emotional day for Aguirre, who was one of Meyer's best players and had remained close with his coach. ... With F Malik Rose out with a sprained right ankle, the Knicks activated Maurice Taylor , who played for the first time since March 1.

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