Knicks acquire Rose, then lose to Raptors
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) – Chris Bosh had 29 points and seven boards to
lead the Toronto Raptors over the New York Knicks, 104-90, at Air Canada
Mike James added 15 points and 10 assists and Morris Peterson had 21 points
for Toronto, which has won three straight. Charlie Villanueva had 18 points
and nine boards in his first career start for the Raptors, who prior to the
game pulled off a trade with the Knicks.
Toronto sent forward Jalen Rose and a 2006 first-round draft pick to New York
in exchange for center Antonio Davis.
“As part of our strategic plan, one of the top priorities to move this
franchise forward has to be to get under the salary cap,” said Toronto interim
general manager Wayne Embry. “I’ve never seen a team rebuild itself without
starting from that point. This trade presents the opportunity for us to
acquire $10 million in cap room.”
Eddy Curry had 17 points, five rebounds and five blocks to lead New York,
which has dropped four straight and 10 of 11. Quentin Richardson added 13
points for the Knicks, who feel they get better with the trade despite the
fact that Rose has one year and nearly $17 million left on his contract.
“Jalen is exactly what we need here,” said Knicks head coach Larry Brown, who
coached Rose in Indiana. “The kids can benefit from his backcourt play. I know
what he can do. I think it’s a no-brainer that he can help.”
Davis, who has seen limited playing time since going into the stands in
Chicago to aid his wife, is signed just through this season. This is his
second stint with the Raptors. He also spent four-plus seasons with the club
starting in 1999.
Rose was on the Knicks’ bench for the game, but was inactive. Davis was not
The Raptors never trailed in the game, scoring the first seven points of the
contest and using a 10-2 run to end the quarter to hold a 30-17 cushion. Ahead
20-15, Peterson spearheaded the quarter-ending surge with six points, as the
Raptors held a 13-point advantage going into the second.
In the second, New York cut the deficit to 42-36, but Toronto responded with a
10-3 surge to forge ahead by 13 points, 52-39. Then, holding a 54-43 lead, the
Raptors tallied eight straight points to make it a 19-point affair with a
minute left in the half, 62-43.
Toronto held a 64-47 lead after 24 minutes of action and extended the cushion
to 21 points, 75-54, a little less than midway through the third when Bosh
connected on a pair of free throws.
The Raptors led 84-71 going into the fourth and never had their lead cut to
Toronto has won both games this season against New York and four straight
dating back to last year.
New York played without point guard Stephon Marbury, who is nursing an injured
shoulder…The Knicks fell to 4-18 on the road, dropping six straight as the
guest…Toronto improved to 9-14 at home…Rose is expected to play for the
Knicks on Sunday when they host the Houston Rockets…The home team has won 11
of the last 13 games in this series.