A shorthanded Knicks squad surprisingly kept things relatively close in a nationally televised contest at the Air Canada Centre, but the Raptors ultimately walked away with a 103-93 victory, thanks in large part to a 26-point, 10-assist performance from starting point guard Kyle Lowry, who had been questionable for the game because of a minor wrist injury.
The entirety of Toronto's streak has occurred with starting small forward DeMarre Carroll on the sideline, as the team's prized offseason acquisition will likely be out at least until the All-Star break after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right knee in early January.
Per Sportsnet Stats, the previous franchise record of a nine-game winning streak was set toward the end of the 2001-02 season, helping an otherwise forgettable Raptors squad earn a playoff trip that promptly ended with a first-round loss at the hands of the Detroit Pistons.
This year's squad offers far more promise, with its 31-15 record good for a 2.5-game lead over the Chicago Bulls for the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference.
The Raptors also have a nice opportunity to extend their winning streak, with Sunday's home matchup against the Detroit Pistons followed by road games against the Phoenix Suns, Denver Nuggets and Portland Trail Blazers.