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Friday, February 22nd (All times eastern)

Toronto Raptors (29-23) at New York Knicks (16-38), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Toronto Raptors will open a home-and-home series with the New York Knicks this evening at Madison Square Garden.

Friday's matchup between Atlantic Divisions the second of four meetings this season. The Raptors posted a 99-90 victory in the first encounter on January 11 in the Big Apple, as Chris Bosh scored 40 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the Raptors, who have won five of six and nine of the last 11 contests in the series. Toronto has won four of its last six trips to MSG.

Toronto has won two in a row overall and recorded a 127-110 triumph over the Southeast Division-leading Orlando Magic on Wednesday in the finale of a three-game homestand at the Air Canada Centre. Bosh erupted for 40 points on 14-for-16 shooting for the Raptors, who went 2-1 on the recent stand.

Carlos Delfino added 23 points and Jose Calderon finished with 19 points and 13 assists in a winning effort. Jamario Moon donated 17 points and 12 boards for Toronto, which will put its two-game winning streak as the guest on the line this evening in New York.

The Raptors own a 13-12 record away from Canada this season. In injury news for Toronto, guard T.J. Ford (wrist/abdomen) missed Wednesday's game against Orlando and is questionable against the Knicks.

Meanwhile, the Knicks are coming off an embarrassing 124-84 setback to the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday at the Wachovia Center. Jamal Crawford had 14 points and Eddy Curry added 12 points and six rebounds for New York, which has dropped 10 of its last 12 games.

New York will try to stop a three-game skid as the host on Friday and owns a 10-17 record at Madison Square Garden in 2007-08.

02/22 10:48:35 ET


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