Game Review: Raptors at Knicks


Review Written by Adam Garfield (@AdamThe6God)

Jonas Valanciunas dominated the Knicks in the 1st quarter, recording 10 points and 4 rebounds. DeMar DeRozan got off to a great start as he was able to put up 7 points. New York's Luke Kornet and Frank Ntilikina combined for 13 in the period to keep the Knicks close to gaining the lead. With the 2.0 seconds left on the clock, C.J. Miles banked in a contested three-pointer from the top of the arc. The Raptors led 32-27 after one.

The Bench Mob from Toronto controlled the 2nd quarter, led by Delon Wright's 7 points. Raptors' two-way sharpshooter Malcolm Miller made his presence felt in the quarter as he knocked down 2 three-pointers. With 37.4 seconds on the clock, Serge Ibaka had a huge block on Ntilikina. Ibaka spiked his layup out of bounds and into the stands. Then with 5.0 seconds left in the half, Kyle Lowry drove down the court and kicked the ball out to Miller in the corner. Malcolm hit the three-pointer as time expired, giving Toronto a 65-57 lead.

Toronto destroyed New York's defense in the 3rd quarter, dropping 37 points on their heads. Ibaka and JV both scored 6, and Lowry led the team in points with 12. Miles was later subbed in and nailed 2 three-pointers within one minute. The only thing the Knicks had going for them was Tim Hardaway Jr. and Emmanuel Mudiay, who combined for 16 points. The Raptors led the Knicks 102-86 heading into the final quarter.

Toronto cleared out their bench in the 4th quarter and allowed their reserves to get some playing time. Fred VanVleet dropped 8 and Wright scored 5. One of the Raptors newest pickups, Nigel Hayes, got his first minutes with Toronto late in the 4th quarter. Hayes showed a lot of promise as he immediately knocked down 2 three-pointers. Toronto had 7 players score in double digits, as well as a total of 69 bench points. The Raptors defeated the Knicks 132-106 for their 8th straight win.

6ix Best
Jonas Valanciunas: 17pts, 9 rebounds
Kyle Lowry: 16pts, 4 rebounds, 7 assists
Serge Ibaka: 14pts, 7 rebounds
C.J. Miles: 13pts, 4 rebounds
Jakob Poeltl: 10pts, 8 rebounds
Delon Wright: 12pts, 4 assists

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