On Saturday, the New York Knicks defeated the Toronto Raptors 120-103 to earn their ninth straight victory. Julius Randle contributed 31 points and 10 rebounds, and RJ Barrett contributed 25 points and 12 rebounds.
Derrick Rose led the Knicks in scoring for this game with 19 points. Since winning the Atlantic Division late in the 2012–13 season, the Knicks have been on their longest winning run.
Randle declared, “We’re peaking, but there’s still a lot more we can do. “I feel like we could be a lot better defensively,” he remarked for the entire 48 minutes.
11 Games Remain.
With only 11 games remaining, the Knicks have improved to 21-10 and are currently in fourth place in the Eastern Conference. At Madison Square Garden, the announced crowd of 1,981 fans was louder than usual for the end of the basketball season.
“Winning here has been amazing since the supporters came back,” said Barrett. We’re all working harder than ever as a team to fulfil their expectations.
Randle scored 20 more points at halftime against New Orleans on Saturday after scoring 40 points against Atlanta on Wednesday. While Barrett was sitting on the sideline, the Knicks blew up a close game in the fourth quarter, and he was able to make the necessary shots to overcome his hometown team.
That, according to Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau, is the strongest aspect of his team. “Julius is our engine,” but there are many more people ready to step up, when it comes to strength.
The Toronto Raptors won their fifth straight game, a season-high. Fred VanVleet and O.G. Anunoby both scored 27 points to lead the team. One game behind Washington’s comeback, the club began the day tied for 11th place in the Eastern Conference.
Three initial quarters
No team had a lead larger than nine points during the first three quarters, but the Knicks came back in the fourth to take control of the game.
Obi Toppin made two 3-pointers during the 14-3 run to increase the score to 102-86 with 9:13 remaining.
The Raptors failed to win a season series as a result, which was something they hadn’t accomplished since 2010–11.
Field Goal Proportion
Final field goal, 3-point, and foul percentages for the Knicks were 56.6%, 51.6%, and 83.3% respectively.
“It was peculiar. Nick Nurse, the head coach of the Toronto Raptors, told his team, “We really executed things extremely well.” “then it failed to materialise. Once again, it appears that they made them while we did not.
The Knicks had a 55-46 lead after the first half thanks to 61 percent shooting and Reggie Bullock’s third straight 3-pointer. They were ahead 64-59 at the half.
Pascal Siakam scored 26 points for the Raptors, while Kyle Lowry only made one out of ten three-point attempts, missing all of them.