Sunday, December 21, 2014

Raptors win fourth-straight

NEW YORK—No big shots from Rudy Gay on this night. He hardly made any shots at all.
Neither did Carmelo Anthony—bothered by what he called a dead arm after being hit in the biceps early in the game.

Toronto won the battle of supporting casts, and the game.
Reserve Alan Anderson scored 26 points in one of the few good offensive performances for either team as the Raptors beat the N.Y. Knicks 92-88 last night for their fourth-straight victory.
DeMar DeRozan added 20 points for the Raptors, who overcame a 4-for-21 performance from Gay because Anthony was just as bad.
“It feels good, the fact that my teammate ‘Double-A’ stepped up. And DeMar does what DeMar does,” Gay noted.
“But on a night where I couldn’t throw a fish in the water, it feels good to still get a win.”
Anthony finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds, but shot just 5-of-24 for the Knicks, who dropped their final two games leading into the all-star break.
“He got hurt early in the game; he caught an elbow to his biceps and he really couldn’t shoot the ball the way he really wanted to,” noted J.R. Smith.
“I think that affected our game because we’re not used to seeing ’Melo go through slumps like that, but at the same time we’ve still got to play defence,” he stressed.
Smith led the Knicks with 26 points.
Raymond Felton had 16 but shot just 3-of-9 while Amare Stoudemire was 4-of-13, including one particularly ghastly miss from right at the basket on his way to 10 points.
Anthony said he was hurt early in the game when he was hit by DeRozan’s elbow, causing a deep contusion that caused numbness.
He said he will wait to see how it feels before determining if he can start as scheduled in Sunday’s all-star game.
Gay finished with 11 points one night after hitting the go-ahead basket with 4.9 seconds left in a victory over Denver.
That was his second such basket in three games since his trade from Memphis, but the Raptors had to look elsewhere this time for someone to pick them up in a game that was poorly played and poorly officiated.
They found it in Anderson, who finished a point shy of his career high.
“Rudy’s a gamer,” Anderson noted. “Any time, any second in a game, he can get off and start running buckets off.
“Once teams try to focus on him, that opens up for me, DeMar, everybody.”
Kyle Lowry and John Lucas III both had 12 points, with Lucas playing most of the second half after Lowry was ejected.
The Knicks shot 35 percent and settled for an ugly finish to their best first half in 16 years.
They lost three of their final four games and take a 32-18 mark to the all-star break.
It’s the first time the Knicks have had 30 wins before the break since the 1996-97 season—well beyond the usual expectations since they never won more than 33 in an entire season from 2004-05 through 2009-10.
Elsewhere in the NBA, Utah beat Minnesota 97-93, San Antonio nipped Cleveland 96-95, Indiana dumped Charlotte 101-77, Atlanta bombed Orlando 108-76, Boston edged Chicago 71-69, Brooklyn topped Denver 119-108, and Detroit downed Washington 96-85.
New Orleans thumped Portland 99-63, Milwaukee shaded Philadelphia 94-92, Dallas bounced Sacramento 123-100, and the L.A. Clippers beat Houston 106-96.

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