NEW YORK (AP) -- The Knicks received great performances from all five starters. The Raptors certainly did not.
The totals for Crawford, Marbury and Thomas were all personal bests for the young season, and starters Nazr Mohammed and Kurt Thomas reached double figures in both points and rebounds as the Knicks avenged a 23-point loss to the Raptors three days earlier.
"This is definitely a sweet win. That's the great thing about the NBA, we get to play them three days later. We were kind of licking our chops a bit," Crawford said.
The Knicks were comfortably ahead throughout the second half until Morris Peterson and Vince Carter hit 3-pointers and Peterson was fouled on a 3-point attempt, making all three foul shots to close Toronto to 103-100 with 54 seconds left.
Crawford hit a pair from the line with 20 seconds left, and Carter missed a driving left-handed runner. Two free throws by Hardaway with 13.4 seconds left clinched the victory, New York's fifth straight at home.
Marbury had 18 points, Mohammed added 19 points and 10 rebounds and Kurt Thomas contributed 12 points, 11 rebounds and four steals.
"We did a good job of moving the ball and getting everyone involved," Crawford said. "We weren't out of character, and the shots came."
Tim Thomas' effort came after he failed to reach double figures in nine of New York's first 11 games, including the previous five.
"I'm just trying to get back into it mentally overall," he said. "This is not a one-game thing. It's a long season, and mentally right now I'm just trying to get back in the groove of things."
Carter led Toronto with 19 points and Peterson added 18. Starting point guard Rafer Alston was benched for most of the second half and had just two points and three assists, while Jalen Rose had eight points, no assists and five turnovers.
Despite the struggles by the starters, a recurring theme for the Raptors through the season's first 14 games, coach Sam Mitchell said he was not inclined to make any major changes.
"Sooner or later it's going to click in," Mitchell said. "I'm trying to figure it out, and I'm trying to put the onus on them to figure it out."
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