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Toronto Raptors Bounce Back Against the Knicks in Low Scoring Affair

It wasn’t pretty, but the Toronto Raptors got it done bouncing back from a heartbreaking loss to Oklahoma City.

Stressing defensive effort over the last week, the Raptors held the New York Knicks to just 36-percent shooting from the field en route to a 90-87 victory. This win marked the fourth time the Raptors held opponents to under 100 points in their past five contests.

“You just got to keep making plays at that point in the game,” said Fred VanVleet, who finished the night with 17 points and 11 assists. “It’s time to make a play and we talked about before a game just by any means necessary and that’s exactly what it was there. Double and triple the amount of stops we needed; we couldn’t get the ball. There was probably a jump ball that should have been called. It rolled off my foot, you know there was all types of stuff going on. But we just kept making play after play.”

After the team’s effort level was very much in question following their loss to the Thunder, head coach Nick Nurse came away from Friday night feeling far better about his team’s ability to bounce back.

“Just the loose balls and offensive rebounds and stuff are a good sign of that,” Nurse said. “I just think we really needed to play with that kind of (energy)… well, we have to, we have to win the 50-50 balls and we gotta get on the glass to get some extra possessions and things like that and I thought we did that all night coming, up with loose balls, a lot of deflections, it seemed like. Tipped a lot of passes, made a lot of passes not quite on target because of our high hands and things like that.”

Outside of VanVleet, Gary Trent Jr. led all scores with 24 points while rookie Scottie Barnes had one of his more complete games of the year, scoring 12 points on 50-percent shooting, grabbing down 15 boards, and picking up two steals and two blocks. Pascal Siakam finished the night wit ha 13 point, 12 rebound double-double.

The Raptors will look to build off this win as they take on the struggling Sacramento Kings on Monday night for the first time since the firing of head coach Luke Walton.

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