Knicks blow another late lead in overtime loss to Raptors

Knicks blow another late lead in overtime loss to Raptors

Add it to the painful checklist. 

Proper with the blown results in the Bucks, Bulls, Hawks and Thunder. 

For the second time in lower than a month, the struggling Raptors got here to the Backyard and cooled off the red-hot Knicks, rallying from 10 down within the fourth quarter. Even RJ Barrett’s dunk on the finish of the regulation couldn’t save the Knicks. 

They have been manhandled for the majority of the additional session, and fell to the Raptors, 123-121, on the Backyard, as their unusual dwelling woes continued. With the loss, the Knicks (25-20) fell below .500 at dwelling at 11-12 — the one profitable workforce with a shedding file at dwelling. 

Down six within the closing minute of the additional session, they made a frantic rally, and had an opportunity to win it, however Jalen Brunson’s 3-pointer on the horn hit off the again rim. It capped a irritating setback that noticed the Knicks surrender 14 offensive rebounds and ship the Raptors to the free throw line a whopping 41 instances. 

Scottie Barnes scores through the Raptors’ win over the Knicks on Jan. 16. Jason Szenes

RJ Barrett dunks late within the fourth quarter to ship the sport to extra time. Jason Szenes

Barrett led the Knicks with 32 factors, however the different Knicks stars, Brunson and Julius Randle, mixed to shoot 18-of-49 from the sphere. Fred VanVleet scored 33 factors for the Raptors and Scottie Barnes had 26. 

Two Barnes free throws gave the Raptors a one-point lead with 12.1 seconds left in regulation, however after a Brunson miss, Barnes couldn’t put the sport away. He cut up two on the line and Barrett went coast-to-coast for the game-tying slam, coasting previous Barnes for the uncontested two-handed jam with 0.6 seconds left, forcing extra time. 

Julius Randle dunks through the Knicks’ loss to the Raptors on Jan. 16. Jason Szenes

The Knicks had loads of possibilities to place the sport away, however they couldn’t shake the Raptors. After they went up seven early within the third quarter, Toronto answered with an 8-1 spurt. Early within the fourth quarter, the Knicks pushed their result in a game-high 10, however the Raptors reeled off 4 straight factors, forcing a Tom Thibodeau timeout. It was solely two after a Scottie Barnes’ 3-pointer, and even after a Quentin Grimes 3-pointer pushed the lead again to 5 with 3:22 to go, VanVleet reeled off 5 in a row to get Toronto even. 

The early a part of the primary half felt just like the final time the Raptors have been on the Backyard, again on Dec. 21 after they snapped the Knicks’ eight-game profitable streak. Like that sport, the Knicks have been struggling to take care of Toronto’s versatility, stress protection and offensive aggressiveness. The Raptors methodically constructed a 10-point lead by forcing their solution to the free-throw line, making an attempt 22 over the primary 24 minutes. 

Jalen Brunson shoots through the Knicks’ loss to the Raptors on Jan. 16. Jason Szenes

However in a stretch of 5:13 within the second quarter, the Knicks scored 22 of a doable 28 factors, turning that 10-point deficit right into a six-point lead. After beginning 1-for-8 from the sphere, Barrett scored seven factors within the run which included his first made 3-pointer after 4 consecutive misses on the outset and Brunson adopted with six. Most significantly, the Knicks’ protection awakened, limiting Toronto to 1 made discipline aim throughout that burst and 6-of-17 capturing total within the interval. 

Randle was the very best participant on the ground within the half, not solely scoring 12 factors, however including seven rebounds and 5 assists. Twice, he acquired all the way in which to the rim for explosive dunks after beating his man off the dribble. 

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