NBA Game Summary - Toronto at New York
(Friday, February 20th)
Final Score: New York 127, Toronto 97
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Wilson Chandler set a career-high with 32 points to lead the New York Knicks in a 127-97 rout of the Toronto Raptors, spoiling Chris Bosh's return to the court, in the front end of a home-and-home set.
Bosh had missed Toronto's previous five games with a sprained right knee, but returned to record 12 points and nine rebounds in 30:52 of playing time in defeat.
Chandler also set a career-high by going 6-of-10 from three-point range for the Knicks, who have won two in a row on the heels of a six-game slide. David Lee recorded his 18th double-double in a row with 24 points and 15 rebounds.
Nate Robinson added 26 points, seven assists and five boards in 27:54 for the Knicks, who were without their two new acquisitions, forward Larry Hughes and center Chris Wilcox.
Joey Graham totaled a team-best 19 points for the Raptors, who have dropped two in a row. Shawn Marion chipped in 14 points and 12 boards in defeat. Andrea Bargnani donated 18 points and Jason Kapono 14 for the Raptors.
A Chris Duhon-to-Chandler alley-oop closed out a 9-0 New York run that opened the game; the Knicks parlayed that lead into a 42-22 cushion after the first quarter. The Knicks were then on top, 75-50, heading into the break.
"We came into this season saying we were going to play good defense," said Bosh. "We really haven't done that consistently this year. You have to come out strong and be confident."
Two free throws from Robinson and two from Chandler gave the Knicks an 88-56 lead midway through the third quarter.
Moments later, Al Harrington's three-pointer opened a 98-60 lead for the home team.
New York was on top, 101-75, heading into the final 12 minutes.
The Knicks' lead hovered in the upper 20s throughout the fourth frame.
"We just played together as a team," said Robinson. "Like a train going downhill we just kept chugging away."
The Knicks set a season-high in three-pointers by going 17-of-39 from behind the arc. The 39 three-pointers attempted also set a franchise mark...These teams will conclude a home-and-home series Sunday at Air Canada Centre...Lee had 16 points in the first quarter...With the win, the Knicks matched their win total from the entire last season...It was the largest margin of victory for the Knicks this season...The Knicks made a pair of moves at the trading deadline on Thursday. They sent Tim Thomas, Jerome James and Anthony Roberson to Chicago for Hughes and acquired Wilcox from Oklahoma City for Malik Rose...The Raptors are 11-20 away from Canada this season...Toronto had won three of four meetings against the Knicks in each of the past four years, but has now lost in 12 of 16 and 13 of its last 19 trips to the Big Apple.
02/20 23:31:13 ET