The Raptors held a lead a 17-point halftime lead and were up by a dozen heading into the fourth quarter. But some solid defensive pressure from the Knicks reserves helped them cut the lead to 92-86 after a three-pointer from Roger Mason Jr., with 6:28 to play.
Sonny Weems managed to right the ship for the Raptors with a running banker that sparked a 9-0 run, which also included a rare three-pointer from the swingman. The end of the Raptors bench played late and successfully broke the Knicks' press several times to preserve the win.
Reggie Evans isn't earning the nod for his two points on one made basket (a breakaway dunk) with zero trips to the free throw line. It's just all the other little things he did to help this team win on Friday.
Seven of his 11 total rebounds generated extra offensive possessions for the Raptors, while the four additional Raptors starters grabbed 10 rebounds in total. Evans also played the role of facilitator with three assists on the night, making smart passes to cutting teammates.
David Andersen was assertive looking for his offence on Friday and seemed to find his groove with 12 points, five boards and three assists in 21 minutes of work.
Andersen hit back-to-back jumpers, including a gorgeous turnaround fadeaway over Amar'e Stoudemire to give the Raptors the lead at the end of the first. The big man went on to drill two three-pointers in the second quarter and was on the floor down the stretch as the Raptors held the Knicks off late.
"We ended up on a little bit of a positive after not playing very well defensively the other night. I thought we did some good things, we stood in and took some charges, which we hadn't been doing, we were committed at the defensive end for the most part. I thought we dropped off in the second half but everybody got to play, which is a bonus, and everybody's ready now. We've got a couple of days of practice before we play for real against the same team."
- Jay Triano, on wrapping up the preseason
Wed., Oct. 27 vs. NYK.
TSN2, 7 PM (GET TICKETS)
|GAME NOTES: |
The Raptors finally tip off the 2010-11 regular season against the same team on the same channel at the same time as Friday's matchup, but this one goes at Air Canada Centre. Expect the Knicks to have Toney Douglas and Danilo Gallinari back in the lineup.
|22,114||Attendance for Friday's game at Bell Centre.|
|47||Total turnovers in Friday's game (TOR with 21)|
|7||Raptors scoring in double-figures on Friday.|
|30||Raptors assists on 42 made field goals|
|6||Number of games Reggie Evans has either tied or led the Raptors in rebounding this preseason.|
|"We feel like our team is different because we have the whole country behind us.'' |
- Jose Calderon, on Canadian support for the Raptors
|"Toronto has some of the best fans and it was great to see them supported in Montreal. Being a Canadian it's fun to be able to play in front of this crowd. I hope I get to play in Toronto, too.'' |
- Knicks guard Any Rautins, on playing on home soil
|"I don't think the schedule makes sense that you play the last game (of the preseason) and the first game that counts against the same team"|
- Andrea Bargnani, on scheduling