Rudy Gay scored 32 points, including three in the final 21 seconds, to give the Toronto Raptors a 100-98 win over the New York Knicks, who have lost their last four National Basketball Association games.
The Knicks (32-20) are atop the Eastern Conference’s Atlantic Division, one-half game ahead of the Brooklyn Nets (33-23), who lost 106-96 last night to the Houston Rockets (31-26) The Raptors (23-33) are last in the five-team division, 11 games behind the Knicks.
The Raptors, trailing 51-48 at the half, took the lead 97-95 on Kyle Lowry’s 6-foot basket with 28 seconds left in the game. Tyson Chandler hit one of two free throws to pull the Knicks within one before Gay hit three free throws.
The Knicks’ J.R. Smith missed a 23-foot 3-pointer with four seconds left and Carmelo Anthony ended the scoring with a layup one second later at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.
DeMar DeRozan scored 18 points and Lowry added 15 for the Raptors, who are 15-14 on their home court.
Anthony had 32 points for the Knicks, Smith came off the bench to add 19 and Amar’e Stoudemire tallied 14.