Rose had a season-high 31 points and the Raptors reached a
franchise-high in points, ending New York's six-game winning streak
with a 129-103 rout Sunday.
Toronto also scored at least 30 points in all four quarters for
the first time in franchise history. And the Raptors shot 59
percent against New York's porous defense.
"It's pretty strange for us to have a big-time blowout like
that," said Rose, whose team is 13-24. "When we have a record
like we have overall, you don't see too many games like that."
The Knicks entered 2006 in last place in the Atlantic Division
with a 7-21 mark. But they have played like a new team recently --
enjoying their longest winning streak since a seven-game run from
Dec. 22, 2000-Jan. 7, 2001.
But the defense hasn't always been there.
"It's fool's gold if you are winning games and are not playing
the right way," said Antonio Davis, who had two points and zero
The Raptors, one of the worst NBA's worst teams last month, are
playing better recently, wining seven of nine.
"Jalen Rose killed us," New York's Stephon Marbury said.
Rose, who lost his starting job earlier this season, also had
six assists and finished 10-for-15 from the field. He posted up New
York's guards and scored 10 straight points in the second quarter
to give Toronto a 16-point lead.
"Somebody put a memo in my locker, saying I was turning 33 this
month, so I figured I had to step my game up," Rose said.
Rose had 21 points -- 18 in the second quarter -- and Peterson had
16 in the first half as Toronto led 66-53 at halftime, the most
points Toronto has scored in a half this season.
Peterson and Rose kept it up in the second half. Marbury scored
14 of his 18 points in the third quarter, but Peterson had 10 in
the third and Rose had eight in the fourth.
Rose's 3-pointer, Peterson's layup and Rose's jumper gave
Toronto a 25-point lead with 8:51 left. Toronto led by as many as
With his team well ahead and more than 6 minutes left, Toronto
coach Sam Mitchell removed both players.
"We weren't ready like those guys," Marbury said. "You can't
allow a team to have 66 points at halftime."
Toronto won despite missing Mike James, who had back spasms.
James has been one of Toronto's better players. Rookie Jose
Calderon started in his place and had 13 points and 10 assists.
Jamal Crawford scored 50 in Toronto on April 11, 2004. ...
Toronto won both home matchups with New York last season by a
combined 40 points. ... New York's David Lee had 15 points and 12
rebounds. ... Fans laughed in the first quarter when 5-foot-9
Knicks guard Nate Robinson won a jump ball over Toronto's
much-maligned center Rafael Araujo.