Anthony scores 30 as Knicks beat Raptors 108-100
TORONTO (AP) Carmelo Anthony scored 30 points, Amare Stoudemore had 24 points and 11 rebounds and the New York Knicks kept their slim playoff hopes alive by beating the Toronto Raptors 108-100 on Friday night.
DeMar DeRozan scored 26 points and Kyle Lowry had 25 but the Raptors failed to match the franchise record for victories in a season (47) and disappointed a sellout crowd that had hoped to watch them clinch the Atlantic Division title for the second time in franchise history.
Toronto matched its season high with 15 3-pointers, but struggled with its shooting in a poor fourth quarter. The Raptors made five of 21 attempts in the fourth.
Hampered by a sore right shoulder, Anthony had struggled with his shooting in New York's past two games. He committed a season-high nine turnovers in last Friday's loss to Washington, and did not attempt a shot in the fourth quarter of Sunday's loss at Miami.
Rested and refreshed after a four-day break between games, Anthony looked better against Toronto. He made eight of 17 field goal attempts and went 13 for 14 at the free throw line.
Toronto had won its previous two meetings with New York this season, but Anthony sat out both those games with a sore right ankle.
Ahead by one to start the fourth, New York outscored Toronto 11-5 over the first 4:12, getting six points from Shumpert in that span, to lead 89-82 with 7:48 left.
With Toronto's shooting in a funk, the Knicks pulled away, and back-to-back dunks by Stoudemire gave New York a 100-89 lead at 4:03, causing Raptors coach Dwane Casey to call timeout.
The Raptors cut it to 102-98 on a three-point play by Lowry with 31 seconds left, but Smith answered with a pair of free throws. The Knicks were 32 for 36 at the line.
Smith, who took an NBA-record 22 3-point shots in Sunday's loss to Miami, didn't wait long to start firing again, missing from long range on the game's opening possession.
The outside shot was more of an option for the Raptors in the first quarter. Six of Toronto's eight made baskets came from beyond the arc, including three from Lowry, who scored 12 points as the Raptors took a 26-24 lead after one.
Toronto made just one 3 in the second but got six points each from DeRozan and Valanciunas, overcoming eight from Anthony, to lead 47-45 at halftime.
DeRozan scored 11 points in the third but Anthony had nine, including a jump shot with 17 seconds left, as the Knicks took a 78-77 lead into the fourth.
NOTES: Toronto's Amir Johnson returned after missing the three previous games with a sore right ankle. ... Lowry increased his career-high total of 3-pointers to 180, passing Morris Peterson's franchise record of 177, set in 2005-06. ... Canadian basketball player Andrew Wiggins attended the game.