Final

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 1)

Series starts 10/8

Game 1: Wednesday, October 8th
Knicks111Final
Raptors113

Knicks 111

(0-1, 0-1 away)

Raptors 113

(2-0, 1-0 home)

    Coverage: MSG

    7:00 PM ET, October 8, 2008

    Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON

    1 2 3 4 T
    NY 30 27 21 33111
    TOR 26 27 27 33113

    Raptors 113, Knicks 111

    Associated Press

    TORONTO -- Losing in Mike D'Antoni's preseason debut isn't keeping the New York Knicks from enjoying life with their new coach.

    Chris Bosh had 20 points and seven rebounds and the Toronto Raptors beat New York 113-111 on Wednesday night.

    "I didn't know what we would have," D'Antoni said. "I thought they competed and did a lot of things we were trying to do all week (in training camp). I was pleasantly surprised. If we keep playing like that, we'll be OK."

    New York finished last in the Atlantic Division last season at 23-59, but the Knicks aren't looking back.

    "Everybody is really positive, really upbeat," said guard Jamal Crawford, who had 10 points and seven assists. "It's just a fresh change for everybody. Everybody is tired of what's happened in the past. Everybody is tired of what's happened the last three or four years and it's time to break the mold."

    Zach Randolph, who had 19 points and 13 rebounds, isn't worried about his place despite D'Antoni's up-tempo style.

    "Like coach said, anybody can play in this system," Randolph said. "If Shaq can play in this system, anybody can play in this system. It's about playing basketball and making smart decisions."

    Andrea Bargnani added 15 points, Kris Humphries had 13 and Jermaine O'Neal added eight points and six rebounds for Toronto, which won for the second time in two nights. On Tuesday night, the Raptors beat Cleveland 104-84 on the road.

    "I'm still trying to find my way," O'Neal said. "The biggest challenge for a guy coming in is trying to catch up with the previous four starters, I'm just trying to find my comfort zone but overall it's very, very exciting."

    David Lee led the Knicks with 22 points and nine rebounds, Nate Robinson added 16 points and Wilson Chandler had 15. Stephon Marbury came off the bench to score 10 points in 23 minutes.

    Trailing 57-53 at the half, Bosh scored six points in the third to help Toronto take an 80-78 lead into the final quarter.

    The Raptors led 103-99 with 4:05 remaining, but Lee capped a five-point spurt with a breakaway dunk to give the Knicks a 104-103 edge with 1:52 to go.

    Jason Kapono restored Toronto's lead with a 3-pointer, Will Solomon followed with a jumper and Kapono made two free throws to give the Raptors a 110-104 lead with 53 seconds left.

    Toronto made five of its 10 3-pointers in the final quarter while the Knicks finished 8-for-34 from beyond the arc, missing their first 12 from long range.

    The Knicks played without center Eddy Curry (bacterial infection), forward Danilo Gallinari (sore back), guard Allan Houston (right quadriceps), center Jerome James (left quadriceps) and forward Jared Jeffries (fractured left fibula).

    Toronto was without guard Hassan Adams (quadriceps), forward Joey Graham (hamstring), center Nathan Jawai (undisclosed cardiac problem) and center Jamal Sampson (wrist).wrist

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