Over the weekend, the Toronto Raptors experienced a firsthand look at the poor state of basketball in New York.
Of course, the Raptors are not concerned with the dysfunction of the New York Knicks or the multitude problems plaguing the Brooklyn Nets.
Their focus is getting a win and Toronto will get another chance to beat the Nets on Tuesday night when the teams meet in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Toronto is 26-13 and on a three-game winning streak. The Raptors scored 42 points in the fourth quarter of a 132-113 rout of the Nets on Friday night and they held the Knicks to eight points in the third quarter of a 116-101 win on Sunday after scoring 42 of their 69 first-half points in the second quarter.
Toronto is 8-0 against Atlantic Division foes this season and the three-time division champions are on an 11-game winning streak against Atlantic opponents. The Raptors also are 22-2 in the last two seasons against those teams.
DeMar DeRozan scored 23 points against the Knicks and 28 against the Nets. More importantly for the bigger picture, the Raptors played well enough in those games that DeRozan did not play more than 30 minutes, marking the fifth time the Raptors did not need to use their star beyond 30 minutes. >> Read more...
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