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New York Knicks (9-20) at Toronto Raptors (12-15)

December 28th, 2013 at 5:22 PM
By Andrew McIntyre

Tonight marks the second game of a home-and-home between the Toronto Raptors and the New York Knicks. The Raptors outscored the Knicks by 17 in the fourth quarter last night en route to the 95-83 victory. The Raptors are 5-2 in their last seven games and currently lead the Atlantic Division with a 12-15 record. The Knicks are four games back of the Raptors and have lost four of their last six. This is the second of four meetings between the teams.

Here are some notes from the game:

  • Andrea Bargnani will make his regular season debut in Toronto after being traded from the Raptors in the offseason. Bargnani had 18 points and 12 rebounds last night in New York.
  • Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony did not make the trip to Toronto. He will miss another game with an ankle injury. Anthony leads the team with 26.3 points per game.
  • Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas had a monster game of 16 points and 18 rebounds last night. His 18 rebounds were a career high.
  • Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry has recorded six or more assists in 19 straight games. Lowry is averaging 15.2 points per game and 7.1 assists on the season, both career highs.
  • The Raptors are 4-8 at home this season. They need to start protecting their home court, especially against Division rivals.

Projected Starters

Toronto Raptors: Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Terrence Ross, Amir Johnson, Jonas Valanciunas

New York Knicks: Beno Udrih, Iman Shumpert, J.R. Smith, Andrea Bargnani, Tyson Chandler

Tonight is DeMar DeRozan bobblehead night at the Air Canada Center so if you have a ticket to the game, make sure you get there early as the first 10,000 fans in attendance will receive one.

Tonight's game starts at 7 pm. ET and can be seen on TSN2.

Let's Go Raptors!

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