The New York Knicks' woes continue as they lost their second game against the Toronto Raptors in two weeks, 100-98.
In the closing seconds of regulation, the Knicks were down by three and had an opportunity to tie the game up with a three-pointer. Carmelo Anthony was tasked with taking the big shot, but he was unable to convert.
That forced New York to foul Rudy Gay, who would make it a two-possession game by making a single free throw, and that sealed the deal for Toronto.
The Knicks and Raptors were knotted up after the first quarter, but the Knicks were able to gain a three-point advantage going into the second half.
Gay would go on to catch fire in the third frame and score 17 of his 32 points to put the Raptors ahead. The Knicks would outscore the Raptors in the final quarter, but it simply wasn't enough to get it done.
New York out-rebounded Toronto by a wide margin of 42-31, but 16 turnovers were a major problem for head coach Mike Woodson's squad. 'Melo led the way for his team with 32 points.
Toronto had five players in double figures, and Kyle Lowry had a huge bucket over the hands of Tyson Chandler down the stretch for two of his 15 points to go along with seven assists.
Player of the Game: Rudy Gay
Gay only had six points in the first half, but he exploded for 17 in the third and nine in the fourth. In all, Gay finished with 32 points, seven rebounds, two assists and two steals in the winning effort.
What's Next for New York
The Knicks have now lost their last four games and are in a bad way at the moment. Luckily for New York, its next matchup is at home against the Philadelphia 76ers, which is a team the Knicks have had success against this season.
What's Next for Toronto
Don't look now, but the Raptors have won six of their last seven contests and are rolling. With two straight games against the lowly Washington Wizards (home) and Cleveland Cavaliers (away), things should keep getting better for Toronto.