NBA Game Summary - New York at Toronto
(Wednesday, January 19th)
Final Score: Toronto 98, New York 81
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Jalen Rose scored 20 of his game-high 24 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Toronto Raptors to a 98-81 win over the New York Knicks at the Air Canada Centre. Donyell Marshall added 17 points, including four fourth quarter three-pointers, for the Raptors, who scored a season-high 38 points in the final 12 minutes to win their third straight game and fifth in six tries.
Chris Bosh chipped in 14 points and 14 rebounds to set a new Raptors record by recording his ninth straight double-double, as Toronto won its fourth straight game and ninth in its last 10 at home. At 14-5 the Raptors are also off to the best start in their arena in franchise history, eclipsing the 12-6 mark to begin the 1998-99 campaign.
"I'm proud of it, but once you say I broke a record you can get caught up in that and the next game it's done," said Bosh. "I want to stay humble and make sure I keep doing what I'm doing because something is working."
Nazr Mohammed led the way with 16 points and 17 rebounds for the Knicks, who dropped their fourth straight and fell to 1-8 in 2005. Stephon Marbury added 13 points in the loss, while Allan Houston and Kurt Thomas each scored 12.
After Thomas pulled the Knicks within one, Marshall drained a three-pointer to put the Raptors up 81-77 with 5:20 to play. Thomas then answered with a bucket at the other end for New York, but Toronto closed the game with a 17-2 run to cruise to the 17-point win.
"New York is a tough team to play because they have so many versatile guys and a lot of big name players who'd like to get out," said Rose. "We didn't get off to a good start in the first half, but we picked it up in the second. Our home crowd got behind us and we rode the momentum."
Toronto was seven-of-eight from downtown in the fourth and finished 10-of-20 from three-point range for the game.
The teams played a tightly contested first period, but the Knicks held a one- point advantage after the first 12 minutes. Toronto had gone ahead 8-2, but New York used a 9-2 run to take the lead. The lead was then handed back-and- forth the remainder of the stanza.
In the second it was more of the same, as neither team was able to take control with the biggest lead being four points by the Knicks. However, Toronto scored 12 of the final points of the half and carried a slim 44-43 edge into the locker room.
Bosh had 10 points and eight boards to lead the Raptors at the half, but connected on just 2-of-8 shots from the floor. Tim Thomas and Mohammed each had 10 points to pace the Knicks through the first 24 minutes.
New York outscored Toronto 18-16 in the third and took a 61-60 advantage into the final period.
Bosh has 16 double-doubles on the year...Toronto has now hit a three-pointer in 490 straight games...The Raptors are 4-4 in the Atlantic, while New York has posted a 4-5 mark in the division...Jamal Crawford scored seven points for the Knicks in his first start since December 22.
01/19 23:15:32 ET