NEW YORK, April 12 (Ticker) --
Thanks to Chris Bosh
and Jalen Rose
New York Knicks allowed another big lead to get away.
Bosh scored 29 points and Rose added 19 of his 25 in the second
half as the Toronto Raptors rallied from a 16-point halftime
deficit to post a 105-93 triumph over the Knicks.
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It was the 11th time this season that the Knicks held a
double-digit advantage in a game and lost. The 19-point cushion
they relinquished in this one was the largest they let get
"I thought we could've come out with more effort and played
harder," said Knicks coach Herb Williams
, whose team allowed 67
New York lost for the 10th time in 11 games.
The Raptors trailed 54-38 at the half - the 15th time in the
last 17 games they have yielded 50 or more points in the first
half. However, they opened the third quarter with a 22-4 spurt
that was capped by Bosh's hook shot with 4:22 left in the
"At halftime we had missed a lot of shots but I didn't think our
guys would quit," Toronto coach Sam Mitchell
haven't quit all year."
"We didn't come out with energy in the second half," said Knicks
shooting guard Jamal Crawford
, who finished with just seven
points. "We had a 16-point lead and we knew it could go either
way. Unfortunately they made a run."
After going scoreless in the first half, Stephon Marbury
19 of New York's next 25 points, putting the Knicks ahead 85-78
with 6:39 remaining. He finished with 22 points and nine
Fellow New York native Rafer Alston
, who had been a non-factor
most of the night, sank a pair of 3-pointers to spark a decisive
Rose, who has had several big second halves this season, scored
nine points during the surge, including a pair of free throws
with 1:46 left for a 101-91 lead.
Bosh added four of his 17 second-half points during the burst as
the Raptors improved to 10-30 on the road and won in New York
for the first time in their last nine tries.
"That's what competition is all about," Rose said. "That's what
not quitting is about and that's what having a team with good
leadership is about. Guys understand neither team is going to
the playoffs but it was about which team wanted it more."
made two free throws with 18 seconds left in the
first half, giving the Knicks their biggest lead at 54-35.