By: Chris Henderson
How it Happened:
Knicks rookie Luke Kornet made the most of his first NBA start, setting a career-high in points, with 13 in the first half alone. New York shot 50% from downtown in the first half, but despite the hot shooting, the Raptors led 65-57 at halftime. Kyle Lowry scored nine straight points in the third quarter for Toronto, but Emmanuel Mudiay answered with nine straight of his own. The Raptors took a 102-86 lead into the fourth and won by a final score of 132-106.
Knick of the Night:
Luke Kornet scored a career-high 18 points to go with four rebounds. He shot 47% from the floor.
Tim Hardaway Jr. posted 25 points, his third game with 20+ points in the last four. Frank Ntilikina and Emmanuel Mudiay each dropped 11 points. Michael Beasley finished with a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Trey Burke scored 10 points in 15 minutes off the bench.
The Knicks' starters outscored the Raptors' starters by 41 points, but Toronto's bench, the highest scoring second unit in the league, put up 69 points.
Looking Ahead: New York takes on the Dallas Mavericks in the second game of a five-game homestand on Tuesday night. Catch all of the action on MSG Network starting at 7:30 PM.