Knicks blownout by the Raptors at the Garden
The New York Knicks couldn’t do much against the Atlantic Division leaders and lost 122-95 to the Toronto Raptors at the Garden.
Carmelo Anthony, who marked his 5th year anniversary since being traded to the Knicks, finished with 23 points, 22 rebounds and 5 assists, also turned the ball over three times and after the game he got frustrated over communication.
“When you’re not on the same page out there on the court, it’s hard to communicate with one another — or you’re not communicating with one another. There were times tonight when we weren’t communicating with each other.”
– Carmelo Anthony
The Knicks were competitive for most of the first half and trailed by a single point right before the Raptors went on a 15-3 run to put them up 57-43 at halftime.
The boos started to be heard in these last minutes. Williams, Anthony and O’Quinn missed each a couple of free throws during this moments.
The Garden crowd came back to life when newly signed Jimmer Fredette was sent on the court in the last 2 minutes of the game and made a three pointer. His future is however regarded by coach Kurt Rambis who doesn’t have much interest in giving him significant playtime in these 10 days.
“He’s not going to displace someone who’s played all year and has worked hard in practice. He’s got to be keyed in to where everyone’s supposed to be. I’m not sure he’s there yet.”
– Kurt Rambis
Robin Lopez scored 21 points and grabbed 13 rebounds while Kristaps Porzingis finished with 17. Jerian Grant and Lance Thomas contributed each with 9 points.
The Knicks have lost their 12th game in the last 14 and are heading to Indiana for the Pacers game on Wednesday night.