The Amar’e Stoudemire Era for the New York Knicks began with an offensive foul call on Stoudemire after an aggressive offensive move. His next touch was an even more aggressive move, a dunk as he filled the lane for his first two points as a Knick. In the opener in which the Knicks defeated the Toronto Raptors 98-93, Stoudemire almost had the wrong type of triple double last night, as he would finish the game with 19 points, 10 rebounds, 2 blocks, but also 9 turnovers. In a move that surprised many, Landry Fields started over Willson Chandler, but Chandler responded, leading the Knicks with 22 points, 8 rebounds and 2 blocks. Four other Knicks finished in double figures, with point guard Raymond Felton scoring 15, while dishing out 6 assists and pulling down 6 rebounds, Danilo Gallinari scoring 12 points while grabbing 6 rebounds, rookie Landry Fields scoring 12 points in his NBA debut, and Toney Douglas scoring 10 off the bench.
Knick rookie center Timofey Mozgov didn’t have as stellar a debut as Fields, going scoreless with four fouls in seven minutes of action. Ronny Turiaf also had an impressive Knick debut, with 8 points, 4 blocks, 4 rebounds, and 2 steals, before leaving the game with a back injury not considered serious.
Andrea Bargnani lead the Toronto Raptors with 22, but just four of those points came in the second half. Point guard Jarrett Jack had 16 points and 16 assists, while Linas Kleiza and Leandro Barbosa both scored 13. The Knicks next play Friday in Boston against the Celtics.