Review Written by Adam Garfield (@AdamThe6God)
Jonas Valanciunas led Toronto with 8 points, and Serge Ibaka added on 5. The Raptors were facing a Knicks team that was without Kristaps Porzingis and Enes Kanter, as well as the recently traded (and Raptor Killer) Doug McDermott. With 4:11 remaining in the 1st, Ibaka had a huge block on Michael Beasley, swatting the ball out of the air. Toronto led the Knicks 23-18.
The Raptors' Bench Mob went off in the 2nd quarter as they dropped 18 points. Pascal Siakam had a outing in the quarter, scoring 7 points and 3 rebounds. The player to get it going for New York was Michael Beasley who put up 9 points. Toronto turned the ball over 4 times, but they still outscored New York by 6. The Raptors were up 52-41 going into halftime.
Valanciunas and DeMar DeRozan combined for 11 points coming out of halftime. With 5:30 left in the quarter, Valanciunas hit a wide open three-pointer. Knicks' Center Kyle O'Quinn disrespected JV's jumper, and he proved him wrong. The Raptors tallied 7 assists in the quarter, a statistic that represents the excellent team chemistry that Toronto has. Toronto led by 16 points heading into the last period, the score set at 82-66.
The Bench Mob went wild again in the 4th quarter. Fred VanVleet dropped 8, Delon Wright dropped 7, and C.J. Miles added on 6. New York's Trey Burke went off in the final quarter, putting up an impressive 12 points. The Raptors' Bench Mob outscored the starters by 9 points, putting up 61 points, with five players scoring double digits off the bench. Toronto defeated New York 113-88.
Jonas Valanciunas: 18pts, 10 rebounds
Serge Ibaka: 13pts, 8 rebounds
Pascal Siakam: 14pts, 5 rebounds, 6 assists
Jakob Poeltl: 13pts, 5 rebounds
C.J. Miles: 11pts, 5 rebounds
Delon Wright: 11pts, 3 rebounds, 3 assists
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