Rose springs for 31 as Raptors rout Knicks
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) – Jalen Rose came off the bench to drop in a
season-high 31 points and dish out six assists as Toronto trounced New York,
129-103, at Air Canada Centre.
The 129 points was a franchise record for the Raptors.
“Yeah, I can play a little bit,” Rose said. “Somebody put a memo on my locker,
saying I’ll be 33 this month, so i figure I had to step my game up.”
Morris Peterson added a season-high 28 points for the Raptors, who won for the
second consecutive time. Chris Bosh chipped in with 23 points and six rebounds
while Jose Calderon, filling in for an injured Mike James, had a double-double
with 13 points and 10 assists.
“We had defense. We outrebounded them. We had more assists than they did and
we shot a better field goal percentage,” said Bosh. “I would have to say this
is probably our most complete game. One of our main focal points of the game
was to keep them off the boards and collectively as a team we did a very good
job of rebounding.”
Eddy Curry led the Knicks, who lost for the first time in 2006, with
20 points and six boards. Stephon Marbury added 18 points and 13 assists while
rookie David Lee had 15 points and 12 boards.
“They scored 30 points every quarter. They executed great,” said Knicks coach
Larry Brown. “They made shots and we had a hard time guarding them all night.
They played great, Calderon was great, he got everyone involved. We were stuck
behind all night.”
Toronto was scintillating on the offensive end, shooting a gaudy 59 percent
for the game. The unselfish Raptors dished out 29 assists while committing
just 11 turnovers.
Leading by 18, 97-79, after three quarters, the Raptors did not let up on the
Knicks, who had won six in a row
Toronto reached the century mark on a Bosh throwdown with 10:38 remaining.
They then took their largest lead, 118-88, on a Charlie Villanueva jumper with
just under six minutes left.
The Raptors then coasted the rest of the way for an easy victory.
Toronto closed the first quarter on a 21-11 run to lead 35-26 and take control
of the game.
The Raptors extended the gap to 13, 66-53, at intermission. Rose shot 6-for-8
from the floor and was a perfect 9-of-9 from the charity stripe to pace
Toronto with 21 points. Curry had 20 for the Knicks.
Toronto’s 66 first half points tied a season high. New York, which will host
Kevin Garnett and the Minnesota Timberwolves Monday afternoon, is a dismal
4-14 away from home this season…Toronto, which will begin a five-game road
trip in Utah on Tuesday, is 6-13 in the Air Canada Centre…This was the
largest margin of defeat for the Knicks this season.