The New York Knicks (34-45) kept their slim playoff hopes alive and denied the Toronto Raptors (46-33) a chance to clinch a berth with a 108-100 win Friday at the Air Canada Centre.
The Knicks were carried by the highly paid frontcourt duo of Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire, who definitely earned some of that money against the Raptors.
Anthony started slow, shooting 0-of-3 in the early going, but finished with 30 points on 8-of-17 from the field. He also grabbed eight rebounds.
Stoudemire filled the second option role nicely, scoring 24 points on 10-of-14 shooting and grabbing a team-high 11 rebounds.
The Raptors managed to stay in the game thanks to the three-point shot. They tied a season-high for makes with 15—set previously against the Knicks on Dec. 28.
DeMar DeRozan scored a team-high 26 points, despite shooting 6-of-18 from the field. Kyle Lowry added 25 and hit four threes.
Jonas Valanciunas contributed as well, grabbing 21 rebounds to go along with 14 points.
Ultimately, it was lack of defense, particularly on Anthony and Stoudemire, that cost the Raptors this game.
Andy Bailey covers the NBA for Bleacher Report.