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    Game Thread Game Thread: New York Knicks vs Toronto Raptors 7:30pm 2/22/2016





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    DeMarre Carroll - Right Knee Surgery (OUT) Cleanthony Early - Injured Right Knee (OUT)
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    Two lackluster efforts around Toronto's hosting of All-Star festivities were enough to convince the Raptors to get back to business and buckle down defensively.

    After accomplishing that goal while avoiding their longest losing streak in three months, they're hoping to build on it in their first visit to Madison Square Garden.

    Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan look to continue their success in this series Monday night when the Atlantic Division leaders try to avoid a season high-tying third straight road loss and deny the Knicks their first back-to-back wins in more than a month.

    Toronto ranks in the NBA's top five with 97.7 points allowed per game, but that solid defense didn't show up in a 117-112 loss at Minnesota on Feb. 10 prior to the break or a 116-106 road defeat to a previously struggling Chicago team on Friday.

    That changed Sunday, however, when the Raptors (36-18) held Memphis to 36.8 percent shooting, including 3 for 20 from 3-point range, in a 98-85 home victory.

    "For sure, it felt like that," said Lowry, who played with DeRozan in his second All-Star Game on Feb. 14 at Air Canada Centre. "...But now we're back to winning ways."

    Toronto avoided its first three-game losing streak since Nov. 15-18 with its 15th victory in 18 games. DeRozan scored 21 in the team's first home game since Jan. 30 and Jonas Valanciunas had his second straight double-double with 10 points and 12 boards.

    "Everyone's knees were bent, down in the stance, ready to play and out of the vacation mode I think," coach Dwane Casey said. "I think the whole league has to get used to that long week of time off and get back into game shape, get the sea legs back, get the mentality back."

    Casey's club will try to stay focused on defense against New York, which has shot 50 percent or better in two of its past three but has a 42.8 mark while dropping 11 of 13.

    The Knicks (24-33) hit at a 50.6 percent clip Saturday to snap a season-high seven-game losing streak with a 103-95 win at Minnesota. Carmelo Anthony led the way with 30 points and Robin Lopez matched season highs with 26 points and 16 rebounds.

    New York outrebounded Minnesota 51-31 and led by 24 in the fourth quarter en route to giving interim coach Kurt Rambis his first win in three games since taking over for the fired Derek Fisher.

    Anthony's sore knee seems to be improving as the All-Star forward is averaging 28.3 points and 10.3 rebounds while playing at least 37 minutes in the last three games. He's played well when he's been able to go against Toronto, scoring 30.6 per game over his last seven meetings.

    "Whatever I got to do to get these wins up I'm going to do it," Anthony said.

    Anthony finished with 25 points to key a 111-109 win at Toronto on Nov. 10 before having to sit out last month's meeting when Arron Afflalo scored 20 in a 103-93 loss north of the border.

    Lowry has totaled 49 points in the season series, while DeRozan has scored 55.

    DeRozan can pass Chris Bosh and Morris Peterson with a franchise-record 233rd win in a Toronto uniform.

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    Thanks for keeping the great game threads going, Rady.

    Toronto is the much better team, but if you are looking to change the culture of a bad team, winning a game like this is a great place to start. Will Jimmer get minutes? Not sure Rambis will let Jimmer's defense pass long enough for him to get on the court.

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    Alan Hahn says in the pre-game show that Mills had said 'those days are over' referring to trading away 1st round picks. Hahn also says every team that approached the Knicks wanted a 1st round pick. So trade deadline sounds like it was a formality for us as we were never in play to make a deal.

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    You know things are not going well when a story about your Head Coach liking a graphic pornographic clip on Twitter is the 2nd best moment in the month of February behind your only win in the month.

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    Shot of Lowry and DeRozan hanging out with former teammate Calderon. They are two out of several good players in this league who credit Calderon with a big part of their development as young players. C'mon, Calderon, work your magic with Grant and Galloway.

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    Rolo breaks the ice scoring on a dunk off a nice pass by KP. Both teams cold early.

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    Rolo 3-4 6 pts early. He's been good, really has picked up his game after a so so start.

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    Robin Lopez with another huge 1st quarter. Melo playing well attacking the rim and making crisp passes to open teammates. Still, it can't be a two-man show. We need some more guys to step up.

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    Questionable defense from both teams so far. We lead 28 - 26 after one quarter. It won't last if Melo and Lopez are going to have to carry the rest of this roster for 4 quarters though.

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    NYK 5-21 when trailing after the 1st quarter. TOR 22-6 when leading after the 1st quarter...

    Good thing it's 28-26 NYK after 1...

    Lopez with 12 & 4 after 1... Knicks 1-7 from downtown... NYK have only 5 assists (Melo with 3 of them)... Calderon and Affalo have 3 points combined...

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    Rolo is killing Valencunis 15/8 vs. 7/4 and his D has been excellent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tiger0330 View Post
    Rolo 3-4 6 pts early. He's been good, really has picked up his game after a so so start.

    O'Quinn n Rolo supposed to be dominating both boards by midseason
    O'Quinn will get 1 minute of playing time in the first half
    The Knicks coaching is Kool-Aid without sugar .. sickening!

    D.Will stole the pass n at the line for 2
    Someone tell lazy Afflalo n Porzingis the Raptors played last night its time to run-run them in the ground

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    Calderon is useless letting Lowry dance around him for an easy layup and then allowing him to setup Biyombo for an easy 2.

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    21 points & 7 assists so far for DeRozan and Lowry. 5 & 2 for Affalo & Calderon.

    Porzingis is 2-7 (1-4 from 3)... I'm getting tired of 6-8 shots from downtown each game.

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    Melo misses both FT shots (NYK misses 4 straight)... 13 points in the second quarter. No passing, especially from second unit...
    Almost like we scratched triangle for SSOL. Cross half court... 1 pass... Shot or ISO.

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