Raptors snap a four-game losing streak by defeating Knicks for the fourth time in a row

January 23, 2023

The Toronto Raptors upset the visiting New York Knicks 125-116 on Sunday thanks to Fred VanVleet’s 28 points.


The Raptors snapped a three-game losing streak with the help of Gary Trent Jr. and Pascal Siakam, who contributed 24 points.


For the Raptors, who have won three of four games this season against the Knicks, Scottie Barnes added 19 points. Precious Achiuwa scored 12 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, while Chris Boucher contributed 14.


For the Knicks, who have now dropped four consecutive games, RJ Barrett scored 30 points. For New York, Jalen Brunson scored 21 points, Obi Toppin added 14, Jericho Sims added 10, and Julius Randle had 19 rebounds and 23 points.


The Raptors had a 17-point lead at one point in the first quarter, but it was knotted going into the fourth.


With 8:50 remaining in the fourth quarter, Toronto went on an 11-0 run that was capped by Trent’s dunk to take a 99-88 lead. With 5:17 left, Trent made a 3-pointer to push the gap to 14, and with 4:45 left, Boucher made a layup to make it 16.


With 1:30 remaining, Brunson’s layup trimmed the deficit to eight. VanVleet answered with a three-point shot.


At the end of the first quarter, Toronto was up 37-22, powered by VanVleet’s 14 points.


With 2:44 left in the first half, Barrett’s jumper cut the deficit to five. At the half, Toronto led 62-53 after scoring the following four points and maintaining its lead.


Toronto scored 51.2 percent (22-for-43) from the field in the first half, led by VanVleet’s 18 points. The Knicks shot 45 percent (18-for-40) from the field in the first half, but Barrett scored 15 points during that time.


Siakam and Trent hit back-to-back 3-pointers for Toronto to start the third quarter scoring, but New York answered. With 2:22 left in the period, Evan Fournier’s 3-pointer pushed the Knicks back within two points.


With 1:26 left in the third, Brunson’s 3-pointer gave the Knicks an 84-83 advantage. After three quarters, the score was matched at 86 thanks to Siakam’s 3-pointer and Randle’s two free throws, which increased the lead to three.


O.G. For the Raptors, Anunoby (ankle) was sidelined.


Immanuel Quickley and Mitchell Robinson were unavailable for the Knicks due to injuries (knee).

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