Bosh Leads Raptors to Win Over Knicks
Toronto 104, New York 90
TORONTO, Feb. 3 (Ticker) -- The Knicks traded for a talented swingman before the game, but did not paint a very rosy picture once it tipped off.
The Knicks committed 21 turnovers, missed 11 free throws and were dominated on the glass in absorbing a 104-90 defeat at the hands of the Toronto Raptors, who once again got strong efforts from Chris Bosh and rookie Charlie Villanueva.
"I think it is going to make our team better and make me better," said Knicks rookie center Channing Frye, who scored 12 points off the bench.
While neither newcomer took part in Friday's game, the result likely would not have changed as the Knicks (14-31) never led in losing for the 10th time in 11 games, absorbing their sixth double-digit setback in that stretch.
"It's a rebuilding situation, but a situation I think is more geared (to me)," said Rose, who watched the game from the Knicks' bench. "Especially being in New York, you want to win and compete and be a playoff team, the sooner the better."
As far as a playoff berth, it likely will come later for New York, which has fallen to Toronto (17-30) twice by a combined 40 points and suffered ugly losses to Philadelphia, which played without Allen Iverson, Atlanta and the Los Angeles Lakers over the last three weeks.
In this one, the Knicks allowed the Raptors to score 64 points in the first half and trailed by 17 at intermission. New York actually shot a sizzling 59 percent (16-of-27) in the opening 24 minutes but committed 12 turnovers in the half.
"The biggest thing is, at halftime, they had 20 points off turnovers and 18 points on second shots," Knicks coach Larry Brown said. "In the second half, we made a run to cut it to 11 about three times and boom, three straight turnovers. You give up 21 points, turnovers, get hurt on the offensive boards, that's been a big part of the problem we've had all year."
Brown's squad chased Toronto the entire way, never threatening the Raptors, who won their third straight game.
"Well, they shot a high percentage, but they didn't get a lot of shots," Toronto coach Sam Mitchell said. "We forced the turnovers. We kept them to 90 points, and if we do that, we have a good chance to win on a consistent basis."
New York made a run to close within 88-77 with 8 1/2 minutes remaining before Villanueva drilled a 3-pointer and Bosh made a jumper on Toronto's next two trips, shifting the momentum.
"Anytime a member of the team - especially a member that was such a contributor - gets traded, it's kind of awkward," Bosh said. "You've got to praise the guys, we got a good win tonight."
Bosh finished with 29 points, connecting on 7-of-18 shots from the floor and 15-of-17 from the foul line. Villanueva contributed 18 and nine rebounds and Mike James chipped in 15 and 10 assists for the Raptors, who made 24-of-27 free throws and held a 42-34 rebounding advantage.
"It felt real good," said Villanueva, who made his first career start. "I waited 40-something games for that moment. It definitely felt good."
Eddy Curry scored 17 points and Quentin Richardson added 13 for the Knicks, who played without Stephon Marbury (shoulder) but hope to have him and Rose in the lineup for Sunday's game against Houston.
"(Rose) can still play," Curry said. "He can go out there and put up numbers with the best of them. The sooner he becomes active within our system, the better it's going to be for us."