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Aggressive Raptors Stop Slide With Home Win Over Knicks
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SCORE RECAP PHOTOS VIDEOS
FINAL SCORE
Knicks 96 102 Toronto
Jay Satur
March 5, 2010
Air Canada Centre
Toronto, ON
IT WAS OVER WHEN...

Just after the Raptors built their biggest lead of the game with 6:34 to play, Danilo Gallinari canned two straight jump shots to cap a 7-0 Knicks run that trimmed the lead back down to two.

But Jarrett Jack hit a driving reverse layup then Jose Calderon calmly drilled a 20-footer and New York wouldn't get any closer. A scrappy effort for the short-handed Raptors, who get a much-needed win to snap a four-game slide.

THE GAME CHANGER

Undoubtedly Sonny Weems, who scored 10 points in Friday's fourth quarter to finish with a new career-high of 20 points (9-16 FGM-A) off the bench. He also added a team-tying nine rebounds.

Raptors.com's Mike Ulmer has more on the big night for the first-year Raptor, who used speed, defence, finishing ability and an efficient mid-range game provide a much-needed lift for Toronto with some key players hurting.

THE UNDERRATED RAPTOR

Somewhat lost in a bizarre night on the injury front was the impressive return of Jose Calderon, who missed Monday's loss to the Rockets as he recovered from an elbow laceration.

Calderon had little difficulty offensively, hitting eight-of-13 shots from the floor for 16 points. He also picked the Knicks apart with the pass, dishing out a team-high six assists. With Jarrett Jack providing an equally compelling performance, the Raptors saw consistent, efficient production from the point guard position all night long.

THAT'S A RAP

“... to match up with this team, with so many guys on the perimeter, it wasn’t a game where Rasho (Nesterovic) or Reggie (Evans) or anybody else could go out on the perimeter as well. We asked our other guys to step up and we had to go with two point guards for a while for their quickness. Sonny (Weems) was outstanding, DeMar (DeRozan) was good, Antoine (Wright) was good, I think all of our perimeter guys had to step up and play bigger guys but the way that they play, with guys facing up on the perimeter, that’s the way we had to go.”

- Jay Triano on the win.

3-GAME OUTLOOK

Sun., March 7 vs. Philadelphia 76ers
12:00 PM ET (CBC, FAN 590)

GAME NOTES:
The Raptors try to build a little momentum before heading to the West Coast when they seek a third win over the Sixers this season at ACC on Sunday. It's unknown if Chris Bosh (illness) will be ready to go on Sunday. Bosh has averaged 26.5 points and 10.5 rebounds per game against Philadelphia this season. The Sixers (22-39) have lost five straight games entering Sunday's tilt.

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The Numbers
4-1 Toronto's record when wearing their Huskies throwback uniforms
19-0 The Raptors' record when holding opponents to under 100 points
101 Margin by which the Raptors reserves have outscored opposing benches over their last eight games
3 Number of skin staples applied to the back of Andrea Bargnani's head in the third quarter.
.188 3-point shooting percentage for the Knicks (3-16 3PT FGM-A)
They Said It...
Sonny Weems "Not at all. I'm glad I got a chance with the Toronto Raptors. Coach Triano has trusted me to get out there and play for him. I'm just glad I'm getting this opportunity, I feel blessed."
- Sonny Weems on if he could imagine being where he is today.
Tracy McGrady "Get over it. It has been 11 years. I told the guys the first time I came back I could hear it as soon as I came out of the tunnel."
- Knicks guard/forward (and former Raptor) Tracy McGrady on the crowd reaction to him at ACC
Hedo Turkoglu "We were really down on ourselves losing four in a row. We just talked to each other and locked in. We really wanted to come in and bring energy and just win this game tonight."
- Amir Johnson on getting back on track