Knicks show sticky fingers

October, 11, 2013
10/11/13
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It's hard to draw any grand conclusions from the preseason.

Teams are looking at different lineup combinations and giving minutes to guys who don't figure to play in the regular season.

But if the Knicks' hands can stay as active in the regular season as they did Friday night, coach Mike Woodson will be a happy man.

[+] EnlargeTyler Hansbrough, Metta World Peace
Tom Szczerbowski/USA TODAY SportsThe Knicks have been showing active hands so far this preseason.
New York had 12 steals against Toronto. Overall, the Knicks forced 23 turnovers and scored 31 points off them in a 100-91 loss to the Raptors.

Carmelo Anthony and Iman Shumpert had three steals apiece and Pablo Prigioni and Metta World Peace had two each.

If this carries over into November, it means the Knicks will have picked up where they left off last season.

Forcing turnovers were a strong suit for the Knicks in 2012-13. They tied for 11th in the league in steals per game and finished ninth in assist-to-turnover ratio.

They also took care of the ball, posting an NBA-best 11.7 turnover ratio, which led to an NBA-best turnover differential (-2.9).

That team had Jason Kidd (1.6 steals per game), but New York added World Peace and will have Shumpert for a full season.

STRONG NIGHT FOR MELO: Anthony got his work in early Friday, scoring 20 points in the first half. He finished with 24 points, eight rebounds, three steals and three assists. Andrea Bargnani was booed all night in his first game back in Toronto. He finished with 10 points on 4-of-9 shooting. Rookie Tim Hardaway Jr. had another strong game, scoring 13 points on 5-for-11 shooting. He was crossed up badly by ex-Knick Landry Fields in the first half, landing on the ground. He'll likely take a ribbing from his teammates for that.

Ian Begley

ESPN New York Writer

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Carmelo Anthony
PTS AST STL MIN
24.1 3.1 0.9 35.9
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsA. Stoude... 7.0
AssistsJ. Calderon 4.6
StealsS. Larkin 1.3
BlocksL. Amundson 1.9