Lowry scores 32 as Raptors beat Knicks 115-100
Kyle Lowry hardly flinched when his name came up in trade talk.
Instead, the Toronto Raptors’ point guard has gone on a tear.
Lowry had a season-best 32 points and matched his season high
with 11 assists, Terrence Ross made a career-high seven 3-pointers
and the Raptors beat New York for the second straight night,
topping the short-handed Knicks 115-100 on Saturday.
Lowry came within two rebounds of a triple-double and Ross had
23 points as Toronto won for the fourth time in five games.
Raptors coach Dwane Casey said Lowry is playing at the highest
level of his career.
”He’s playing with such force and such confidence,” Casey
said. ”He’s been playing the game the right way and he’s been
playing lights out. It’s really good for Kyle and I’m happy for
Lowry was linked with a potential move to the Knicks in the days
after the Raptors dealt forward Rudy Gay to Sacramento in early
December. That trade never materialized, but Lowry hasn’t let the
speculation affect his performance.
”It is what it is,” Lowry said. ”I’m not really worried about
it. I’ve said it 50 million times and I’m going to say it 50 more:
Until something happens I’m a Raptor and I’m going to play for the
Raptors and I’m going to play hard for the Raptors.”
DeMar DeRozan added 20 points for Toronto, which overcame a
12-point deficit in the second half to beat New York 95-83 at
Madison Square Garden on Friday.
Greivis Vasquez made three 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and
Lowry capped the long-range barrage with 5 seconds left as the
Raptors finished with a season-high 15 baskets from beyond the
”I like 3s, but I like making 3s,” Casey said. ”I think any
coach would. We did a good job at that tonight.”
Jonas Valanciunas had 10 rebounds as the Raptors outrebounded
the Knicks 45-37.
”We’re not going to win consistently until we defend and
rebound the ball,” New York coach Mike Woodson said.
Amare Stoudemire scored 20 of his 23 points in the second half
and Tyson Chandler had 16 for the Knicks, who lost for the fifth
time in seven games. J.R. Smith scored 13 for New York.
”Amare played great tonight,” Woodson said. ”His minutes were
really positive after a back-to-back. He carried us, kept us in
Making his first regular-season appearance in Toronto after
being traded to the Knicks last summer, Andrea Bargnani was booed
during pregame introductions and jeered every time he touched the
ball. He finished with 12 points.
With four days off before their next game at San Antonio,
Chandler said the Knicks need to make use of the practice time to
tighten things up.
”We’ve got to get back to fundamentals in a lot of things,”
Chandler said. ”Defensively, we’re not as fundamentally sound as
we’d like to be. It’s the same thing with offense.
”It’s the little things right now that are separating us from
wins and losses,” he added.
Health is also a factor for the reeling Knicks. Already missing
guards Raymond Felton (right groin) and Pablo Prigioni (right
foot), New York again played without leading scorer Carmelo
Anthony, who sat out for the third straight game with a sore left
ankle. Also absent was Metta World Peace (left knee), who sat out
for the fourth time in five games.
Woodson said he hoped to have Anthony back when the Knicks make
a three-game swing next week through Texas, where they also play
Houston and Dallas.
”It’s hard to replace 30 points a night but we need to,” Smith
New York almost made a game of it late, but its comeback bid was
halted by a costly foul. Lowry made two free throws to put Toronto
up 100-86 with 5:49 left, but Smith scored five points and
Stoudemire had a driving dunk to cut it to 101-93 with 4:12
remaining, when Casey called a timeout.
Toure Murry of the Knicks was called for a flagrant foul after
sending Lowry sprawling with 3:25 to go. Lowry made both free
throws and then knocked down Toronto’s 14th 3-pointer, putting the
Raptors up 106-95 with 3:13 left.
Woodson called it ”the biggest sequence of the game.”
”I thought (Murry) got pushed off but he ended up grabbing and
tripping the guy and they called a flagrant,” Woodson said.
Lowry scored nine points in the first quarter and DeRozan had
seven, two on a baseline dunk, as the Raptors took a 26-22 lead
Ross scored 11 points in the second, making three 3-pointers and
throwing down an eye-popping dunk, as the Raptors used an 18-5 run
to extend their lead. Toronto made 10 of 20 field goal attempts in
the second and led 57-44 at halftime.
Ross made three more 3s in the third and Lowry had eight points
as Toronto took an 85-71 advantage into the fourth.
NOTES: Anthony did not travel to Toronto, remaining behind in
New York for treatment. An update on his condition is expected
Monday. The Knicks will likely take Sunday off after playing
back-to-back games against the Raptors. … Lowry also had 11
assists in Friday’s win at New York. … Chandler picked up a
technical foul for arguing a traveling call in the first