A flat start from the Raptors gave a good offensive Knicks team a crack in the door and they kicked it down in the first quarter, opening the game on a 13-0 run capped by back-to-back 3-pointers from Carmelo Anthony.
The Raptors finally got on the board four minutes into the game, but just as their offence got going the Knicks began taking and making relatively uncontested threes during a 39-point opening quarter, a total they'd duplicate in the second. The Raptors went on to outscore the Knicks by 11 in an improved second half, but it was too little, too late as New York earns the season series sweep.
The Knicks received 60 points from their reserve unit on Tuesday with Toney Douglas leading the charge. The guard scored 28 points (10-15 FGM-A, 6-9 3PT FGM-A) in just 26 minutes with five assists and drew praise from the guy starting ahead of him in Chauncey Billups.
“I want him to play as a starter…to go out there and have that starter type of swag where you feel like you are better than the next guy," said Billups. "It is not saying it, it is going out there and having that confidence and that aura about yourself and I think right now he is doing that and feeling that as well."
Nights like this, you have keep thinking 'future' and Tuesday offered some excellent signs from DeMar DeRozan and Ed Davis, especially in the second half. DeRozan turned in his sixth 30+ point game of the season and earned his first career double double with 36 points, 10 rebounds and three assists. He scored 23 points after halftime.
Davis finished with 22 points (new career high) plus 13 rebounds for his 12th double double and continues to show a growing ability to create offence with shot fakes and solid footwork in the post. Davis logged 11 points and nine rebounds after the break.
"Even if we are back and we run them off of the three-point line, and they get two’s on everyone of those, the difference is half of what it was…it was 24 and then it’s only 12 and we would have a chance to come back in the game. You get down 24…let’s face it…they shot the ball really well too. At the same time, you can’t be giving them wide open looks. We know that’s what this team [the Knicks] wants to do. They were something like 12 of 16 at the half. I don’t know if we can do that in an empty gym ourselves."
- Jay Triano, on defending the 3-point shot
Wed., Apr. 6 vs. Cavaliers
7:00 PM ET, TSN2, FAN590
After a frustrating loss, the Raptors return home to close a back-to-back against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cavs sit with the league's worst record at 16-61 and like the Raptors, aim to add a high draft pick as an asset later this spring. Toronto leads the season series 2-0 and will play for the season series sweep.
|4-0||Season series sweep for the Knicks, thier first four-game sweep over the Raptors since 95-96|
|1||Career double doubles for DeMar DeRozan|
|46-34||Rebounding favouring the Raptors|
|8:25||1st-half minutes played by Andrea Bargnani (ankle) before leaving the game at halftime|
|15-27||3-Point shooting for the Knicks|
|"We just felt embarrassed. Either we man up or we just lay down. Everybody fought in the second half."|
- DeMar DeRozan on the second half
|"We took care of business up until a certain point and it’s kind of human nature to do what we did and I was able to rest Chauncey (Billups) and Carmelo (Anthony) which helps. All in all, a good night."|
- Knicks head coach Mike D'Antoni on the win
|"On one play, I shouldn't have helped and they got an open three. So it's little things like that. For me, I've got to just focus more."|
- Ed Davis, on the first-half defence