The New York Knicks defeated the Toronto Raptors 95-92 on the final night of the regular season behind 30 points from J.R. Smith, but the Raptors captured the Eastern Conference's No. 3 seed thanks to a Charlotte Bobcats win over the Chicago Bulls.
The Raptors will now square off against the Brooklyn Nets in an Eastern Conference quarterfinals series that's set to get underway on Saturday. The Knicks closed the season on a four-game winning streak.
After trailing by 13 points at halftime, the Knicks outscored the Raptors by 13 in the third quarter, 30-17, and then staved off the opposition by four points in the game's final frame.
Cole Aldrich tied his career-high with 13 points and set a new career-high with 16 rebounds (seven offensive) en route to his third double-double as a member of the Knicks.
Tim Hardaway Jr. added 18 points off the bench while Toure' Murry totaled 15 points on 6-of-12 shooting and two assists in 29 minutes.
Kyle Lowry led the Raptors with 22 points on 8-of-15 shooting, 17 of which came in the first quarter. He also tied a team-high with five assists.
Nando De Colo chipped in 12 points and four dimes off the pine while Greivis Vasquez racked up 13 points and five assists in 22 minutes.
Next up for the Raptors (48-34) is Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals with the Nets on Saturday at a time to be determined. The Knicks (37-45), on the other hand, are set to depart for summer vacation.
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