NEW YORK (AP) -- No, Rafer Alston said with a grin, he did not
Alston banked in a 3-pointer to start a 13-0 run midway through
the fourth quarter, and the Toronto Raptors sent the New York
Knicks to their 10th loss in 11 games with a 105-93 victory Tuesday
"You have to go glass to call glass," Alston said. "When you
go like I did, that was an accidental bank shot."
The 25-footer from the left wing was one of the few offensive
highlights from Alston on a night when he missed 12 of 16 shots.
But he followed it up with another 3-pointer and finished with
three makes from behind the arc.
The point guard also had nine rebounds, seven assists and four
steals and was one of the few players who exerted an NBA-caliber
level of effort.
Chris Bosh scored 29 points, four shy of his career high, and
Jalen Rose added 25 for the Raptors, who trailed by as many as 19
before making a comeback against the uninspired Knicks. The 13-0
run gave Toronto a 91-85 lead, and the Knicks never challenged
again before being booed off the court.
"The way we played in the second half, we didn't play with any
effort," said Stephon Marbury, who led New York with 22 points.
"And as a team, we basically went out and thought they were just
going to roll over. In this league you have teams that play with
pride, and they played with a lot of pride tonight."
Maurice Taylor added 17 points for the Knicks, who dropped to
14-25 under interim coach Herb Williams. New York center Kurt
Thomas did not score in 26 minutes before fouling out, and rookie
Trevor Ariza did not play in an absence that Williams declined to
"You have to ask (Williams). He made the decision, not me,"
The Raptors, who had lost four of their previous five games,
exerted more effort than the Knicks over the final 12 minutes as
the all-but-meaningless game was decided. Both teams have already
been eliminated from postseason contention.
Taylor was 7-for-8 from the field in the second quarter to help
New York go ahead 54-35 before Bosh ended the half with a
3-pointer, his third of the season. Toronto opened the third
quarter with a 22-4 run to take a 60-58 lead before Marbury scored
his first points of the game on a driving bank shot to tie it at 60
with 4:02 left in the period.
Marbury knocked down three 3-pointers in the first 4½ minutes of
the fourth quarter to help the Knicks to an 85-78 lead before
Alston banked in his momentum-turning 3.
"Jerome Williams said 'Did you call it?' I said I couldn't even
call my free throws with the way I was shooting," Alston said.
Raptors coach Sam Mitchell had a prolonged back and forth
with referee Bill Kennedy during the first quarter after Kennedy
thought he heard one of Toronto's assistants use a curse word in
complaining about a non-call. "No he didn't!" Mitchell yelled.
"Yes, he did!" Kennedy retorted. The argument continued, each man
repeating the same line, for about 30 seconds. Veteran referee Dick
Bavetta spoke with Kennedy during the ensuing timeout. ... Sitting
front and center in celebrity row was NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon,
who knew where to go to find two teams spinning their wheels. ...
Knicks forward Malik Rose said he is mulling a request to join
TNT's studio team for the cable network's NBA playoff coverage.
Brian Windhorst explains that Wednesday's joint statement from the Miami Heat and Chris Bosh, saying that Bosh won't return this postseason, puts both sides on the same page for the first time in a while.
Ian Begley updates the latest on the Knicks' coaching search with Kurt Rambis and David Blatt appearing to be the most attractive options right now, but Phil Jackson would have to reconsider if Frank Vogel is no longer the Pacers coach.
Chris Forsberg breaks down how Danny Ainge and the Celtics have positioned themselves through the last few seasons by being patient and acquiring draft picks to potentially become an attractive suitor for high-value free agents.