(Sports Network) - The hard-charging New York Knicks will shoot for their
second win over Toronto this week when the two teams tangle at Air Canada
The Knicks looked dead in the water less than two weeks ago when Philadelphia
invaded Madison Square Garden and routed New York, 106-94. But, after another
loss in Chicago a day later New York fired head coach Mike D'Antoni and
elevated assistant Mike Woodson.
The Knicks have won five straight since and turned the Atlantic Division into
a three-horse race with the slumping Sixers trying to hold off Boston, which
is one-half game off the pace, and the Knicks, who are three games back after
Wednesday's 82-79 win in Philadelphia.
Amare Stoudemire scored a game-high 21 points and grabbed nine rebounds in
Jeremy Lin scored 18 points -- although he made just 4-of-17 attempts from the
field -- and Carmelo Anthony contributed 10 for the Knicks, who routed the
Raptors in Madison Square Garden, 106-87, a day earlier.
"They just kept grinding," Woodson said of the same team that was accused of
giving up on D'Antoni less than two weeks ago. "You know it was one of those
games where no one wanted to give. They played great defense and our defense
was solid through the game."
Toronto, meanwhile, followed up its loss to the Knicks with another setback
against Chicago on Wednesday, 94-82.
DeMar DeRozan scored a game-high 23 points, while James Johnson netted 16 with
seven rebounds in that one for the Raptors, who dropped their third
consecutive contest and fell to 7-15 on their home floor.
"We went toe-to-toe with them. We had good looks but didn't knock them down,"
Raptors head coach Dwane Casey said.
New York has won six of seven overall over Toronto and is unbeaten in the past
three trips up north.
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