NEW YORK -- Five days after getting dealt their worst loss of the season by the Toronto Raptors, the New York Knicks will welcome their northern visitors to Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night for a rematch.
Toronto, one of the hottest teams in the NBA with wins in six of seven games, handed New York a sound thrashing last Friday, a 104-87 decision in which the Knicks shot just 33 percent from the field.
The Raptors shot 56.4 percent, with the starting backcourt of Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan each contributing 22 points to lead five players in double figures.
New York had four players score in double digits against the Raptors, but Kristaps Porzingis and Tim Hardaway Jr. led the team in scoring with 13 points each. For Porzingis, who is averaging better than 27 points for the season, it was one of his worst showings of the year.
"They took it to us pretty good," Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said. "It's an opportunity to come back and do the right things. We're working our game, trying to be consistent with our effort every night, trying to make proper rotations, and if we can duplicate (Monday's win over the Los Angeles Clippers) in terms of that focus, we'll have a chance." >> Read more
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