The Knicks received great performances from all five starters. The Raptors certainly did not.
On a day of season-highs for several New York players, Jamal Crawford scored 30 points, Stephon Marbury had 15 assists and Tim Thomas scored 17 in a 108-102 victory Saturday over Toronto.
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 three-pointers and Peterson was fouled on a three-point attempt, making all three foul shots to close Toronto to 103-100 with 54 seconds left.
A missed jumper by Penny Hardaway was followed by a driving layup from Jalen Rose, completing an 11-0 run for Toronto and making it a one-point game.
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.