Friday, January 29, 2010

Goin’ Streakin’ - RAPTORS 106, KNICKS 104

(recap by Ryan Dickison)

The Toronto Raptors won their fourth straight game Thursday night as they came back from a 16 point deficit to defeat the Knicks in their own house 106 to 104. It looked bleak for Toronto at first, allowing 34 points on 61 percent shooting through one but the team never gave up as they willed their way to victory led by Hedo Turkoglu who had easily his most impressive performance in a Raptors uniform.

The $ 55 million dollar man elevated his game on a night where Andrea Bargnani struggled to find any offensive rhythm contributing little with only two points in total. Turkoglu was aggressive from the get go, attacking the rim and looking for his shots early finishing with a season high 26 points and 11 rebounds.

Chris Bosh who had been selected to his fifth consecutive All-Star appearance duked it out with David lee, who unlike Bosh, had been snubbed from any All-Star selection. CB4 put up 27 points and collected 15 rebounds while Daily-Double Lee drove his way to a game-high 29 and 18.

Former Dallas Maverick Antoine Wright provided a much needed spark off the bench for the Raps chipping in with 13 points on 5 for 6 shooting from the floor, knocking down all three of his attempts from beyond the arc. Wright who is known more for his defensive play is sure to see increased minutes if he can continue to capitalise on those open looks.

Toronto’s past three victories have come against the defending Championship Lakers, followed by a triumphant win over then fifth seeded Miami and their latest, a 16 point come from behind win on a back-to-back at the Mecca of all arenas in Madison Square Garden.

Where you at now Will Ferrell?

Key Notes:
  • New York turned the ball over 21times
  • Toronto had three players on the bench score in double figures: Calderon (12 pts), Wright (13 pts) and Johnson (10 pts)
  • Watch the most awkward post-game interview with Hedo Turkoglu here
  • For a Knicks perspective, check out Posting and Toasting
  • DeRozan Watch: DNP (ankle)
The Raps face the Indiana Pacers on Sunday...

Photo credit: (Photo by Ray Amati/NBAE via Getty Images)

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