DeRozan leads Raptors past Knicks

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Updated: December 28, 2013

New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) – DeMar DeRozan poured in a game-high 25
points as the Toronto Raptors downed the New York Knicks, 95-83, at Madison
Square Garden in the opener of a home-and-home set.

Jonas Valanciunas added 16 points and 18 rebounds and Kyle Lowry netted 15
points while handing out 11 assists for the Raptors, winners in three of their
last four games.

“I think tonight our defense really created a lot of offense for us. We got a
chance to get out and run and make some decisions out in the open floor,” said
Lowry.

Andrea Bargnani scored a team-high 18 points and pulled 12 rebounds
against his former club. Toronto selected the Italian big man with the first
overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft before shipping him to the Big Apple in
exchange for Marcus Camby and Steve Novak.

Camby in no longer on Toronto’s roster and Novak did not appear in the game.

J.R. Smith poured in 17 points to go with seven rebounds and six assists and
Beno Udrih netted 15 points to go with 10 assists for the Knicks, who have
dropped three of their last four games.

“We have almost play a perfect game until we’re whole again,” Knicks coach
Mike Woodson said.

Carmelo Anthony missed his second straight game with a sprained left ankle.

The Knicks led by 12, 61-49, after Hardaway canned a trey at the 7:17 mark of
the third. Toronto, though, used a 17-8 swing to pull within 69-66 and New
York owned a 71-66 lead entering the final frame.

The Raptors opened the fourth on a 15-4 run to go up 81-75 and never looked
back as New York managed just four points over the final 5:25.

The Knicks led 25-18 after the first period. Toronto managed to take a 37-36
lead after a Terrence Ross trey, but the hosts closed the frame on a
13-3 run to take a 49-40 lead into the break.

Game Notes

Ross and John Salmons finished with 11 points apiece in the win … The
Raptors won the battle of the boards by a 50-42 margin … Bargnani will
return to the Air Canada Centre on Saturday for the first time since he was
traded this summer.