Kyle Lowry scored a game-high 22 factors and hit the Three-pointer with 7 minutes Three seconds remaining that gave the Toronto Raptors the lead for good Saturday night time in a 104-99 win over the Knicks at Madison Sq. Backyard.
Kevin Knox scored 20 factors, and DeAndre Jordan posted a double-double with 10 factors and 18 rebounds for the Knicks, who tied a franchise document by shedding their 16th straight recreation.
Serge Ibaka had a double-double (15 factors and 13 rebounds) for the Raptors, who’ve the second-best document within the Jap Convention (41-16) and have received 4 consecutive video games. Danny Inexperienced scored 14 factors and sank three straight Three-pointers within the fourth for Toronto. Norman Powell additionally had 14 factors, and Kawhi Leonard (11) and Pascal Siakam (10) additionally scored in double figures.
Marc Gasol, taking part in his first recreation for the Raptors since he was acquired from the Memphis Grizzlies on Thursday, scored 7 factors and pulled down 6 rebounds in 19 minutes. He got here off the bench for the primary time since his rookie season in 2008-9.
Mitchell Robinson scored 15 factors, Kadeem Allen added 14 factors and Dennis Smith Jr. chipped in with 13 factors and 6 assists for the Knicks, who’ve the worst document within the N.B.A. (10-45) and have dropped 24 of 25 and 29 of their final 31 video games.
Regardless of the huge distinction in fortunes, the Knicks gave the Raptors all they may deal with.
After Leonard opened the sport with a Three-pointer, the Knicks scored the subsequent 14 factors. In addition they tied the sport thrice early within the fourth quarter earlier than Robinson’s three-point play gave them an 86-85 lead — their first since a 38-36 benefit with Three:48 left within the second quarter.
Lowry responded for the Raptors together with his go-ahead Three-pointer. After Jordan missed two free throws, Inexperienced hit three Three-pointers throughout a 9-Four run — interrupted solely by two free throws and a layup from Allen — to provide Toronto a 97-90 lead with Three:28 left.
The Knicks closed to 99-96 on Knox’s Three-pointer with 1:59 left. That they had two possibilities to make it a 1-point recreation, however Mario Hezonja and Smith every missed jumpers, and the Raptors then made 5 of their closing six free throws.
SUPERLATIVES APLENTY The Oklahoma Metropolis-Houston recreation had two 40-point scorers, a tied triple-double document, and a successful rally from a 26-point deficit.
Paul George scored 45 factors, Russell Westbrook matched the league document together with his ninth straight triple-double, and the visiting Thunder overcame the big deficit to beat the Rockets.
Westbrook had 21 factors, 11 assists and 12 rebounds to match the document streak set by Wilt Chamberlain in 1968. Westbrook has 22 triple-doubles this season and 126 over all.
James Harden led Houston with 42 factors, reaching 30 factors for the 29th straight recreation — two shy of Chamberlain for the second-longest streak in N.B.A. historical past, however far behind Chamberlain’s document run of 65 video games.(AP)