The Knicks held the lead after one quarter, but Toronto dominated the rest of the way en route to a 126-98 victory on Wednesday night. >> Box Score
Five things to know from Wednesday's game
1) RJ Barrett took the court in his hometown of Toronto for the first time as an NBA player, showing some love for his hometown with his footwear. The rookie did not have a very efficient night from the floor, shooting just 5-of-17 from the floor overall, but he chipped in with 16 points, five rebounds, four assists, and three steals.
2) Julius Randle was aggressive early for the Knicks. Toronto came out of the gates strong and led by as many as seven points early on, but the Knicks answered back. Led by Randle, who scored 11 points and grabbed three rebounds in the quarter, the Knicks went on to lead by as many as 10 points. They ended the quarter up 29-21.
3) Early in the second quarter, the Knicks upped their lead to 11, but the Raptors fired back. Pascal Siakam started to take over, finishing the first half with 20 points to lead all scorers. The Knicks seemed to have no answer for Siakam, as the Raptors regained the lead and took a 58-46 lead into halftime. The Raptors outscored the Knicks 37-17 in the second quarter.
The third quarter was much of the same. Toronto led 89-69 entering the final quarter, having outscored New York 68-40 in the middle two quarters. Siakam finished with a game-high 31 points in 30 minutes.
4) The Knicks got off to a fast start shooting the ball in the first quarter, but they went on to struggle with their shooting for most of the night. As a team, the Knicks shot just 37.5 percent from the floor, and just 29.3 percent from three-point range. Meanwhile, Toronto was on fire from beyond the arc, drilling 21 of their 41 attempts from downtown.
5) Randle (19 points) and Barrett were the only Knicks to score in double digits for the majority of Wednesday night (though a late burst by Allonzo Trier pushed him to 10 for the game). Marcus Morris scored just seven points on 3-of-7 shooting, and Bobby Portis pitched in in with nine points and four rebounds off the bench, but the Knicks failed to get into any kind of rhythm all night long.
The Knicks are back on their homecourt on Friday evening, as they host the Philadelphia 76ers at Madison Square Garden, with tipoff set for 7:30 PM.