NEW YORK — All-Star Chris Bosh had
27 points and 15 rebounds, Hedo Turkoglu set season highs with 26
points and 11 rebounds and the Toronto Raptors rallied to beat the New
York Knicks 106-104 on Thursday night.
Jarrett Jack made one of two free
throws in the final seconds and drew a charging call on Al Harrington
on New York's final possession, helping Toronto hold on for its fourth
The Raptors, who erased a 13-point
deficit Wednesday night in a 111-103 victory over Miami, have trailed
by double digits in each game during their winning streak.
David Lee had 29 points and 18
rebounds for New York, 3-7 in its last 10 games. The mediocre stretch
includes a victory over woeful Minnesota and an embarrassing 128-78
loss to Dallas on Sunday — the worst home loss in franchise history.
Antoine Wright scored 13 points, and
fellow reserve Jose Calderon had 12 points to help Toronto (25-22) move
three games over .500 for the first time this season.
Bosh hit two free throws with seven
minutes left to give the Raptors a 91-85 lead, but New York battled
back. Harrington converted a three-point play and made a 3-pointer to
put the Knicks in front 100-97 at the 2:51 mark. Lee then got free for
a dunk to extend the lead to five.
Back came the Raptors, who scored the
next eight points. Turkoglu had two free throws and a rebound basket,
and Jack scored inside. Bosh then drove past Wilson Chandler to make it
105-102 with 15.9 seconds remaining.
After Lee's rebound basket, Jack hit a free throw, then got in front of Harrington on defense to secure the victory.
Harrington finished with 20 points, and Chandler had 14 for New York.
Lee shrugged off his All-Star miss
before the game, saying it was out of control and calling the snub
"motivation" for the rest of the season.
He sure looked motivated against Toronto.
Lee ripped the Raptors for 17 points
and 10 rebounds in the first half, showing off a nice face-up jumper
and plenty of poise inside. He powered the Knicks to a 34-20 lead after
one quarter, but Calderon had eight points in the second quarter to
help Toronto cut it to 53-49 at halftime.
Bosh found out before the
game he had made the All-Star team for the fifth straight season, tying
Vince Carter for the most appearances in Raptors history. … Raptors
rookie G DeMar DeRozan missed his second consecutive game with a
sprained right ankle and was replaced in the starting lineup by Sonny
Weems. DeRozan didn't make the trip to New York. … Knicks F Jared
Jeffries (hyperextended right knee) didn't play in the second half. It
was unclear when he was injured. … Raptors coach Jay Triano said
before the game that C Andrea Bargnani hurt his foot in the closing
seconds of Toronto's victory over Miami on Wednesday night. But Triano
didn't specify which foot, and Bargnani started against New York.
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