Under the leadership of Julius Randle, the New York Knicks defeated the Toronto Raptors 120-103 at Madison Square Garden on Saturday afternoon and won the first consecutive victory. Nine victories.
After three-quarters, the Knicks led by 5 points, leading 32-20 in the final game to ensure victory.
In the Raptors, AG Anunoby and Fred VanVleet each scored 27 points, while Pascal Siakam scored 26 points. VanVleet scored both plus 11 assists.
VanVleet said: “They played well, and I think we also did well.” VanVleet’s comments were reported by Sportnet.
“They are only a little bit more than us. They have energy and magic now. They are in victory mode and have the motivation to win a streak. They now have confidence and all the elements to continue to win. You must give them credit. I think we gave them one. A tough game, but they have more than us, especially in the fourth quarter.”
As far as he is concerned, given the team’s performance, Raptors head coach Nick Nurse could not explain the results of the game, and he seemed satisfied with it.
“I’m looking at the scoring table, but I don’t understand. The result is not very close, we got 31 assists and 7 turnovers… We only provided 5 offensive rebounds. He said, it was weird.
“This is a great game. It’s more like a game with a six-fifths gap, but for some reason I can’t explain it. It’s not the case.”
This is the first time the Toronto team has lost in five games, and this is the first time this season without the service of Chris Boucher. The Montreal Center sprained his left knee in a win over the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday. He will miss at least the next two games of the team.
The Raptors will play against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Tampa on Monday.