NBA Game Summary - Toronto at New York
(Wednesday, February 15th)
Final Score: New York 98, Toronto 96
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Jamal Crawford hit a pull-up jumper with three seconds left to help the New York Knicks end their 10-game losing streak with a 98-96 win over the Toronto Raptors at Madison Square Garden.
Crawford, making his return following a one-game absence due to a back injury, ended with 14 points and Eddy Curry had 18 points, five rebounds and four blocks for the Knicks, who picked up their first win since downing Orlando 97-94 on January 27.
New York's Jalen Rose had 17 points in his first game against his former team, as the Knicks won for just the second time in 18 games. Rose was acquired by the Knicks in exchange for Antonio Davis on February 3 prior to New York's game in Toronto. Neither Rose or Davis played in that game.
Chris Bosh had 25 points and seven boards for the Raptors, who had a three- game winning streak come to a halt. Mike James was clutch down the stretch for the Raptors, scoring six of the team's final nine points, but his three-point try as time expired was off the mark.
New York led by five points, 89-84, when a Matt Bonner three-pointer drew the Raptors to within two points with 2:50 left.
Rose connected on 1-of-2 free throws on the other end to increase the Knicks' lead to 90-87, but James rallied the Raptors over the final minutes. He connected on his first of three straight driving layups with 1:35 left to make it a one-point game, 90-89.
His final layup, with 38.2 left, again kept it a one-point game, 94-93.
Curry banked home a basket from the inside on New York's next possession to increase the cushion back to three with 30.6 remaining.
However, on the Raptors' next possession, James drove the lane and kicked the ball out to Charlie Villanueva, who hit a game-tying three-pointer with 17.4 seconds remaining.
The Knicks didn't call a timeout and Crawford found himself with the ball at the top of the key. He drove to the left against James, pulled up at the free throw line, extended and swished the jumper with only three ticks left.
"I was proud of his effort," said Rose of Crawford. "I know how much he wanted that last shot to go in."
James had one final chance, but his three as time expired fell well short.
"They made the play at the end and I didn't make the play to seal the win for us," said James.
Quentin Richardson ended with 14 points for New York, which avoided having the worst record in the NBA prior to the All-Star break. The win improved the Knicks to 15-37 overall. Charlotte lost to New Jersey on Wednesday night to fall to 14-40.
The Knicks hit 14-of-15 free throws in the fourth quarter to help secure the game. Toronto, meanwhile, hit the only two chances it had.
New York grabbed the lead in the third quarter. Down 51-49 Crawford and Richardson combined to score six straight points for the Knicks, who grabbed a 55-51 lead they would never relinquish.
New York, which trailed 32-23 after one quarter and 49-47 at halftime, led 72-69 going into the fourth.
Morris Peterson ended with 19 points and seven boards for the Raptors.
Davis finished with eight points and six rebounds.
New York ended a four-game home losing streak...Toronto fell to 1-1 on its current five-game road trip that bridges the first and second half of the season...NY improved to 11-15 at home...Toronto fell to 10-17 on the road.
02/15 23:45:07 ET