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VanVleet scores 28, Raptors hand Knicks 4th straight loss



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TORONTO (AP) — Fred VanVleet scored 28 factors, Gary Trent Jr. had 24 earlier than fouling out and the Toronto Raptors snapped a three-game dropping streak by beating the New York Knicks 125-116 Sunday.

Pascal Siakam scored 24 factors, Scottie Barnes had 19 and Treasured Achiuwa added 12 factors and 11 rebounds for the Raptors, who scored 26 factors off 17 New York turnovers.

RJ Barrett scored 30 factors and Julius Randle had 23 factors and 19 rebounds because the Knicks misplaced their fourth straight.

“There have been stretches the place we did good issues,” Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau mentioned. “We’re simply not doing sufficient good issues to win.”

Jalen Brunson scored 21 factors and Obi Toppin had 14, however the short-handed Knicks have been with out guard Immanuel Quickley (left knee) and middle Mitchell Robinson, who missed his second recreation after surgical procedure to restore a fractured proper thumb.

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“It’s powerful,” Randle mentioned of being with out the injured pair. “They convey loads to our staff. They do loads on each ends of the ground for us.”

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New York overcame a 17-point deficit to take the lead late within the third quarter. The sport was tied to start the fourth earlier than the Raptors pulled away with an 11-0 run that noticed Toronto rating seven factors on the free throw line.

“We fouled, we gave up offensive rebounds, and we turned the ball over,” Thibodeau mentioned of the decisive stretch. “That’s normally a recipe to get you beat.”

Toronto had misplaced its earlier two video games, at Minnesota and residential to Boston, regardless of holding double-digit leads in every. The Raptors failed to attain 20 factors within the fourth quarter in each of these defeats. They scored 39 within the fourth quarter Sunday.

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VanVleet returned after sitting out Saturday’s loss to Boston due to soreness in his proper ribs. Toronto was with out O.G. Anunoby, who left Saturday’s recreation within the second half due to a sore proper ankle.

The Raptors began 5 for five from 3-point vary and shot 7 for 11 from distance within the first, whereas New York went 2 for 9. Toronto led 37-22 after one.

“We simply got here out with a superb focus and depth,” VanVleet mentioned. “We’ve received to seek out methods to extend that persistently all through the sport.”

Toppin scored 12 factors and shot 4 for five from lengthy vary because the Knicks closed the hole within the second. The Raptors have been up 62-53 on the half.

Brunson’s 3 with 1:26 left within the third capped a 10-1 spurt that put the Knicks up by one, 84-83, giving New York its first lead since Barrett scored the opening two factors of the sport on the free throw line. The rating was tied at 86 heading to the fourth.


Knicks: Randle had eight assists. His season-high is 9. … Jericho Sims scored 10 factors. … Robinson is predicted to overlook three weeks.

Raptors: Achiuwa began his second straight recreation. He had double-doubles in every. … Trent matched his season-high with six made 3-pointers. … Attendance was 19,261, Toronto’s first non-sellout crowd of the season. Capability is nineteen,800. Sunday was the Raptors’ twenty seventh residence recreation.

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The Raptors gained for the third time in 4 conferences with the Knicks this season. The house staff gained for the primary time in these video games.


The Raptors start a season-high, seven-game journey in opposition to Western Convention opponents in Sacramento on Wednesday. After a back-to-back in opposition to Golden State and Portland, Toronto visits Phoenix, Utah, Houston and Memphis. The Raptors are 6-15 on the street. Their subsequent residence recreation is Feb 8 in opposition to San Antonio.


Knicks: Host Cleveland on Tuesday.

Raptors: Go to Sacramento on Wednesday.


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