Stoudemire Strikes Again As Raptors Fall To Knicks At ACC
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Raptors 116 99 RAPTORS
Jay Satur
Dec. 5, 2010
Toronto, ON
IT WAS OVER WHEN...

Despite a poor start and three quarters to forget from the free throw line, the Raptors used a late-third quarter run to hit the fourth down 75-82.

An Andrea Bargnani driving layup cut the deficit to five, but led by Amar'e Stoudemire and some timely shooting from beyond the arc, the Knicks put the hammer down and outscored the Raptors 34-22 the rest of the way.

 

THE GAME CHANGER

It was a relatively quiet start for Knicks big man Amar'e Stoudemire shooting just 8-18 from the field for 16 points through three quarters. But much as he did in the first meeting of the season back on Oct. 27, Stoudemire put his team on his back in the fourth.

With the Raptors down just five in the final frame, Stoudemire snuffed out any notion of a comeback with back-to-back buckets on his way to 15 fourth-quarter points. Stoudemire now has scored 30+ points in four straight games, all Knicks wins.

THE UNDERRATED RAPTOR

Tough to choose between Amir Johnson and Jerryd Bayless as both turned in season-best performances. Johnson was efficient from the floor (10-14 FGM-A) with his typical tip ins and putbacks and his career-high 16 rebounds were just a portion of how many he truly got a hand on.

Bayless brought energy and range off the bench Sunday, drilling five three-pointers on his way to a team-high 23 points. He set up teammates with six assists and made a concerted effort on the glass with seven boards.

THAT'S A RAP

"I thought Amir was very good today. To beat a team like this, this team has won seven road games in a row and nine out of their last 10 and you can see why. We need to have our guys playing a lot better than they did today. You can go through the list and see who didn't play well for us. When your list is that long you're not going to beat the better teams and this is one of the best teams in the NBA right now."

- Jay Triano, on individual contributions Sunday
 

3-GAME OUTLOOK

Mon., Dec. 6 @ Pacers
  7 PM ET, Sportsnet One, FAN590

GAME NOTES:

The Raptors move on to game two of this back-to-back on the road against the surprising Indiana Pacers (9-9). Both teams are 4-4 against each other over the last two seasons, with the home team winning every time. The Pacers are coming off a four-game West Coast road trip that saw them go 2-2 and enter Monday's game two games ahead of the Raptors in the Eastern Conference standings.
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By The Numbers
29-30 Raptors record all-time vs. Knicks
8 Rebounds For rookie Ed Davis in 16:32
11-22 Season-low free throw shooting for the Raptors
12 3-pointers allowed by the Raptors, tying a season-high
26-16 Fast break points favouring the Raptors
They Said It...
"I'm taking the open shots and I'm not rushing anything. I know Jose and JB (Bayless) are going to be looking for me on the roll so I just try and make myself available and knock down shots."
- Amir Johnson, on his comfort level
Linas Kleiza "We were spreading it out and hitting shots. Raymond (Felton) had a nice rhythm going with Amar'e (Stoudemire) and we were just taking our time."
- Knicks head coach Mike D'Antoni on his team's offence
Amir Johnson "We got into an early hole and it's tough, it's tough to get back into it. Luckily we get to play them again in a couple of days and hopefully we get them back"
- Jerryd Bayless, on the early deficit