Notebook: Raptors 92, Knicks 88

Posted Feb 14, 2013 9:05 AM

Dan Kelly, for

THE FACTS: The Raptors shot 4-for-19 in the first quarter but finished the game at 42.5 percent en route to a 92-88 victory over the Knicks on Wednesday night.

For the Raptors, it was their fifth win in seven games since Rudy Gay joined the team. Gay struggled, going 4-for-21 from the floor for 11 points but he scored five points in the fourth quarter and made three free throws down the stretch to help Toronto hold onto the win.

Carmelo Anthony grabbed 12 rebounds and Tyson Chandler grabbed nine as the Knicks outrebounded the Raptors 52-35.

J.R. Smith finished with 26 points to lead the Knicks. This is the seventh time this season Smith has led the team in scoring.

The Knicks enter the All-Star break having lost three of their last four but remain atop the Atlantic Division.

QUOTABLE: "It is a contusion. I will be fine. It was like a dead arm out there. I tried to get through it and get some feeling back. It is what it is at this point. It was early in the 1st quarter. Through the whole game it was bothering me."
-- Carmelo Anthony

THE STAT: The Raptors shot 21-for-24 from the free-throw line. DeMar DeRozan was 10-for-10.

TURNING POINT: It was 55-55 with 2:51 in the third quarter when Kyle Lowry got called for his second technical foul and was replaced by John Lucas III, who promptly knocked down a 3-pointer. The Raptors extended their lead to as many as nine points following the Lowry ejection and never allowed the Knicks to get closer than 83-80 when Anthony hit a three.

QUOTABLE II: "Losing here at home dissapoints me more than anything. We played solid defense in the first half and we came back in the second half and couldn't make shots. We weren't too bad defensively tonight. We had nothing on offense and that is what put us in a hole."
-- Knicks coach Mike Woodson

HOT: Alan Anderson scored 26 points on 10-for-16 shooting from the floor including 6-for-8 from 3-point range.

NOT: Anthony shot 5-for-24 from the floor and 1-for-4 from the free-throw line for 12 points.

QUOTABLE III: "We haven't been the defensive team the way we started the season. We were aggressive, communicating and excited to play and we haven't done that the last 12 games."
-- J.R. Smith

NOTABLE: Six technical fouls were handed out to Lowry (2), Aaron Gray, Chandler, Anthony and Raymond Felton.

QUOTABLE IV: "There are a lot of things that we need to work on but for sure we need to sharpen our defense."
-- Mike Woodson

INSIDE THE ARENA: Patrick Ewing received a massive ovation between the third and fourth quarters. Actors Alan Alda, Chazz Palminteri and the New York Giants' Justin Tuck sat courtside. Quest Love was the arena DJ.

UP NEXT: For the Knicks following the All-Star break, Wednesday @ Indiana, Friday @ Toronto, Sunday vs. Philadelphia. For the Raptors following the break, Tuesday @ Washington, Wednesday vs Memphis, Friday vs. New York.