Knicks dominate second half in rout of Raptors
New York, NY (Sports Network) – Stephon Marbury scored 21 points and dished
out nine assists as New York dominated the second half and toppled Toronto,
92-74, at Madison Square Garden.
Channing Frye finished with 20 points on 10-of-15 shooting from the field and
pulled down seven rebounds for the Knicks, who snapped a two-game slide and
have won eight of their last 10 at MSG.
Renaldo Balkman recorded a double-double with 15 points and 12 boards, while
Nate Robinson chipped in 12 points for New York, which shot 47 percent from
Chris Bosh poured in 21 points with seven rebounds for the Raptors, who have
dropped two in a row. T.J. Ford added 14 points in defeat.
“We didn’t shoot the ball well,” Raptors coach Sam Mitchell said. “We give the
Knicks credit, but we just did things today uncharacteristically of our play.”
New York, trailing by two at halftime, exploded out of the locker room in the
third, going on an 11-0 run at one point as part of a dominating 35-point
Marbury netted 14 points in the quarter, one more than the entire Toronto
team, while Francis ended things with a jumper to give the Knicks a 75-55
The Raptors could get no closer than 18 on Andrea Bargnani’s fadeaway jump
shot early in the fourth as New York cruised the rest of the way.
New York led by as many as five in the first quarter, but trailed 22-21 at the
conclusion of the frame. Toronto then took a six-point lead late in the second
before the Knicks cut it to 42-40 on Frye’s jumper with 46 seconds left.
The Raptors finished just 34 percent shooting in the contest.
Jared Jeffries had eight points and 10 rebounds for New York…Toronto dropped
to 13-21 on the road this season…The Knicks shot 27 percent (4-of-15) from
three-point range, while the Raptors converted just 2-of-21 (9.5 percent) from
beyond the arc…The teams met in Toronto last Wednesday, with the Raptors
posting a 104-94 victory.