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Toronto Raptors Can’t Overcome Streaking Knicks, Win Streak Snapped

The New York Knicks are scorching hot and the Toronto Raptors couldn’t keep up.

As the NBA season is approaching the finish line, every game matters for the Raptors if they hope to qualify for the postseason’s play-in tournament.

Today’s game against the Knicks was the exact opposite of what the team needed in this stretch run, especially considering that the Raptors did do a lot of things well despite falling by a score of 120-103. Ultimately, the struggles on the glass and defensive inconsistency came back to bite them as it did numerous times throughout a confusing season.

“I think that this one had some magnitude,” said head coach Nick Nurse. “…And I’m sitting here looking at the stat sheet and like shaking my head. I mean, the game’s not very close and we had 31 assists and seven turnovers. … I mean, we only gave up five offensive rebounds. I mean, it’s really strange. … We had 31 of 36 assisted buckets, that’s kind of how we want to play and that’s kind of stuff that holds up in the postseason.

“So, it was a well-played game. It felt like it was about a five- or six-point game and for some reason it wasn’t. But anyway, I can’t explain it really.”

On the boxscore, Fred VanVleet led the way for the Raptors, who were playing their first game without Chris Boucher (MCL sprain). VanVleet finished the night with 27 points on 50-percent shooting from the field, along with 11 assists and five boards. Pascal Siakam added 26 points in the loss, while OG Anunoby scored 27 points of his own.

At the end of the day, it wasn’t good enough to beat the streaking Knicks who pick up their ninth straight victory.

“They played well, I thought we played pretty good in spurts,” said VanVleet. “They just had a little bit more, but they got some juice right now, they’ve got the magic and they’ve got the spirit of winning and the flow that comes with winning a bunch of games and having confidence and being together, they got all the right ingredients right now and they’re rolling, so, give those guys credit, I thought we gave them a tough game but they just had a little bit more, especially in the fourth quarter.”

The Raptors will now look to start a new win streak on Monday when they take on the Cleveland Cavaliers before a rematch with the Brooklyn nets on Tuesday.

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