Tampa Bay Times

Seesaw game late goes Knicks’ way

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NEW YORK — Julius Randle scored 26 points and the Knicks recovered after blowing an 18-point lead to beat the Raptors 102-96 on Sunday night.

The Knicks won their second straight to get back to .500.

“We’ve been in tough stretches, had tough games, tough breaks, close calls all season long,” Randle said. “It’s good to eventually get over that hump.”

New York led 66-48 early in the third quarter but lost momentum when the game was delayed because the court was wet. The Raptors used a 37-15 run to surge to a four-point lead with 7 minutes left, but RJ Barrett hit a 3-pointer with the Knicks leading by one with 35 seconds to play.

The Knicks snapped a nine-game losing streak to Toronto. New York had not beaten the Raptors since Nov. 22, 2017, at home.

Gary Trent Jr. had 23 points and Chris Boucher 17 points and 14 rebounds for Toronto. Kyle Lowry had 19 points in his return to the lineup after missing five consecutiv­e games with a right foot infection.

Malachi Flynn hit back-to-back 3s to give Toronto an 87-83 lead with 8:19 left. The Knicks then put together a 9-0 run to go up 92-87 on Alec Burks’ 3 with 3:34 left.

Toronto got as close as 95-94 on Lowry’s layup with 53 seconds left before Randle found Barrett for his 3-pointer.

Pascal Siakam scored to cut Toronto’s deficit to 98-96. Toronto had a chance to tie when Lowry came up with a steal to start a fast break. But Siakam was called for a double dribble with about 10 seconds left.

“Just an unfortunat­e one there,” Toronto coach Nick Nurse said.

 ?? RICH SCHULTZ | Associated Press ?? The Knicks’ Derrick Rose goes for a shot as the Raptors’ Khem Birch defends Sunday at Madison Square Garden.
RICH SCHULTZ | Associated Press The Knicks’ Derrick Rose goes for a shot as the Raptors’ Khem Birch defends Sunday at Madison Square Garden.

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