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Halftime Report: Raptors 57, Knicks 44

12/28/2013

Here are a few observations from the first half of the Knicks-Raptors game:

Is this a rerun? The Knicks are playing the Raptors for the second time in two nights -- and they picked up right where they left off on Friday.

The Knicks' offense bogged down and they failed to depend on the paint late in the fourth quarter of Friday's loss.

On Saturday, it was more of the same in the first half.

The Knicks were outscored 25-10 to end the half and trail by 13 after two quarters.

New York clearly misses Raymond Felton and Pablo Prigioni. The Knicks have seven turnovers and their backcourt is struggling.

The combination of Beno Udrih, J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert have just two points among them. They are shooting a combined 1-for-13. The Raptors backcourt is 9-for-17 and has a combined 24 points.



Big boost from big men:
Tyson Chandler and Andrea Bargnani have been the prime sources of offense for the Knicks. Chandler has 12 points on 4-for-5 shooting and Bargnani has eight points on 4-for-8 shooting.

Tim Hardaway Jr. has 11 points off the bench.

Bargnani is getting booed every time he touches the ball. Saturday's game is his first in Toronto since the Knicks traded for him in July.



Kyle's cruising:
Toronto point guard Kyle Lowry has had a fantastic first half.

Lowry already has 14 points, seven assists and six rebounds.

The Knicks talked to Toronto earlier this month about trading for Lowry, but those talks eventually cooled.

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