Knicks Triumph Over Raptors for Third Straight Win



by FARUK IMAMOVIC

Knicks Triumph Over Raptors for Third Straight Win
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The New York Knicks continued their impressive run with a solid 119-106 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Friday night, marking their third consecutive win and matching a season high. Jalen Brunson led the team with 22 points, while Josh Hart added a significant 15 points in the third quarter, contributing to the team's overall success.

Julius Randle was another key player, contributing 20 points, 10 rebounds, and nine assists. The Knicks demonstrated exceptional teamwork, as evidenced by their season-best matching 30 assists. New York coach Tom Thibodeau praised the team's offensive play, especially their ball sharing and making plays for each other.

Standout Performances and Game Dynamics

Toronto-born RJ Barrett scored 15 points for the Knicks, while Donte DiVincenzo excelled from the 3-point range, shooting 7 for 9 and finishing with 21 points. The Raptors coach, Darko Rajakovic, acknowledged the Knicks' ability to spread the ball and create good looks.

The Knicks' success in back-to-back games was also highlighted, with Thibodeau jokingly referring to his team as "the kings of the back-to-backs." They previously achieved similar success at Washington and Charlotte in mid-November.

For the Raptors, Scottie Barnes scored an impressive 29 points, and Pascal Siakam added 21, but it wasn't enough to continue their season-best three-game home winning streak. Jakob Poeltl and Dennis Schroder also made notable contributions for Toronto.

A significant aspect of the Knicks' victory was their 52-25 advantage in bench points, with Thibodeau commending the bench's terrific performance. The Raptors, on the other hand, struggled with their 3-point shooting, which Rajakovic identified as an area needing improvement.

The game, tied at 57-all at halftime, saw a shift in the third quarter with Hart's outstanding performance, scoring 15 consecutive points and helping the Knicks establish a comfortable lead. Adding to the night's intrigue was the backdrop of a legal battle between the teams, with the Knicks having sued the Raptors in August over alleged theft of scouting secrets. The Raptors have dismissed the lawsuit as baseless.

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