Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 1/15

Game 1: Sunday, January 15th
Game 2: Friday, February 3rd
Game 3: Wednesday, February 15th
Game 4: Tuesday, March 21st

Knicks 103

(13-22, 4-14 away)

Raptors 129

(13-24, 6-13 home)

Coverage: MSG

1:00 PM ET, January 15, 2006

Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON

1 2 3 4 T
NY 26 27 26 24103
TOR 35 31 31 32129

Top Performers

New York: S. Marbury 18 Pts, 3 Reb, 13 Ast

Toronto: J. Rose 31 Pts, 2 Reb, 6 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

Raptors set franchise record in routing Knicks

TORONTO (AP) -- Jalen Rose and the Toronto Raptors ended New York's winning streak with a record game.

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.

Morris Peterson added a season-high 28 and Chris Bosh had 23 for the Raptors, who surpassed the previous record of 128 points -- done twice. They last did it March 13, 2005, against Philadelphia.

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 rebounds.

Eddy Curry had a team-high 20 points for the Knicks, but just eight after the first quarter. Sixth man Jamal Crawford, averaging 25.8 points in his previous four games, had 12.

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 30 points.

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.

Game notes

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.

Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


Team Stat Comparison

Points 103 129
FGM-FGA 34-71 (.479) 49-83 (.590)
3PM-3PA 4-14 (.286) 6-15 (.400)
FTM-FTA 31-47 (.660) 25-30 (.833)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 9-33 8-37
Assists 20 29
Turnovers 15 11
Steals 6 6
Blocks 4 3
Fast Break Points 5 12
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 31 (1/0) 35 (1/0)
Largest Lead 2 30

Top Performers

New York
Stephon Marbury Marbury
Points: 18
Reb: 3
Ast: 13
Stl: 0
Blk: 0
Jalen Rose Rose
Points: 31
Reb: 2
Ast: 6
Stl: 2
Blk: 1