Tonight, the Knicks faced the Toronto Raptors for the first time this season. Toronto is coming off of a four game winning streak against the Knicks in regular season play. The Raptors shelled the Knicks by a score of 100-83.
First Half Highlights
The Raptors were hot to start the game and the Knicks and New York played with no cohesion. The Knicks played sloppy in the first quarter shot poorly but stayed close to make a second quarter run and tie the game at half time. Point guard play was a glaring issue today.
Julius Randle continued to play well. He again managed to perform proving he has the ability to carry a team. He had 13 points on four for seven shooting and seven rebounds to give the Knicks consistent play.
Kevin Knox was a big contributor in the first half. Giving the Knicks some clutch three point shooting when the team struggled. Knox knocked down two big threes to keep the Knicks in the game. They were a collective two for 20 in the first half from three.
The Knicks and Raptors remained tied at the end of the first half. Low scoring affair 42 to 42. Both teams looked hungry for a win.
Second Half Highlights
The second half was more of the same trend. The Knicks shot poorly from the field and the raptors capitalized. The raptors hit 17 threes while the Knicks only managed to hit three.
Julius Randle and Kevin Knox were the stand outs tonight. Both players contributed 16 points for the night. Randle exited the game In the fourth quarter with an apparent knee injury. Hopefully this injury is not serious .
Austin Rivers played his first game for New York and looked pretty good out there. He added seven points and five assists in 21 minutes.