Raptors prove unicorns don't exist, beat up on Porzingis' Knicks

Saturday, 18 November 2017, 10:17:06 AM. In their first game back at the Air Canada Centre after three strong performances on the road, the Toronto Raptors controlled most of the game, and beat the New York Knicks 104-87.

Late in the first half, Kyle Lowry walked the ball up to just past halfcourt, nonchalantly pointed skyward before launching the alley-oop that DeMar DeRozan finished in spectacular fashion.

The Raptors backcourt mates had their way with the New York Knicks on Friday, scoring 22 points apiece in Toronto's 107-84 victory.

Lowry also had 10 assists, CJ Miles finished with 14 points, while Pascal Siakam added 13. Rookie OG Anunoby, in his third career start, chipped in with 11 for the short-handed Raptors (10-5), in their third consecutive win.

Tim Hardaway Jr. and Kristaps Porzingis, nicknamed 'The Unicorn,' topped the Knicks (8-7) with 13 points each.

Never in doubt

In their first game back at the Air Canada Centre after three strong performances on the road, the Raptors controlled most of the game, and led by as many as 22 points in the third quarter, and took a 78-64 advantage into the fourth quarter.

The Knicks capitalized on some sloppy Raptors play to pull to within 10 points in the fourth, but Miles drilled a three-pointer to follow up a three-point play by Lowry, and the Raptors were up 97-78 with 5:22 to play. Back-to-back baskets by Siakam gave Toronto a 23-point cushion with 3:19 to play, and head coach Dwane Casey subbed out his starters soon after.

The Raptors shot a decent 56 per cent on the night, while holding the Knicks to 33 per cent.

The win continued a strong stretch for the Raptors, who lost by just a point to league-leading Boston to open their recent road trip, before wrapping up the trip with back-to-back wins over Houston and New Orleans.

Toronto played Friday without backup guard Delon Wright, who will undergo tests next week in New York on his separated right shoulder, Serge Ibaka (swollen knee) and Norman Powell (hip pointer).

The Raptors, who started Anunoby and Siakam in place of Powell and Ibaka, held the Knicks to a woeful six baskets in the first quarter. Miles was fouled on back-to-back three-point attempts, and his six free throws sent the Raptors into the second quarter up 30-18.

Toronto kept the pressure on in the second, and a Lowry three a minute-and-a-half before the break gave the Raptors a 20-point lead. They were up 54-36 at halftime.

The Raptors would go up by 22 points twice in the third, but the Knicks hit five threes in the quarter to chip away at Toronto's lead.

The Raptors host the Washington Wizards on Sunday.

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