Knick point guard Raymond Felton sank a three-pointer with 2.7 seconds left in the fourth quarter to give the New York Knicks their sixth-straight victory at Madison Square Garden last night over the Toronto Raptors, 113-110. The shot by Felton bounced on the rim several times, and finally went through the net, as a crowd of 19,763 roared in approval. Raptors center Andrea Bargnani missed a three-pointer that could have tied the game at the buzzer, and a Garden crowd that was on it’s feet for the final minutes roared again.
“It was bouncing and I was praying, praying, praying.” Felton said after the game. Amar’e Stoudemire said “Even if it didn’t (go in) I was there for the offensive board but it looked like it was going in.” This leadership and confidence is a big part of what has the Knicks playing so well.
The Knicks trailed by 13 in the first half, 49-36, with 5:34 left, but took a 59-57 lead into the half after a 23-8 run to close the half, 13 of those by Felton. The game remained close the rest of the way into the final seconds.
Stoudemire lead the Knicks with 34 points and 14 rebounds, with 18 of those points coming in the fourth quarter. It was his sixth-straight game with 30 or more, a feat that has only been accomplished once previously by a Knick, when Willie Naulls accomplished it from February 4, 1962, to March 4, 1962.
Felton finished with 28 points and 11 assists. Felton carried the offensive load for the team in the first half, scoring 20, while Stoudemire only had 8 at the half. Danilo Gallinari finished with 20 points and 9 rebounds, and Wilson Chandler added 14 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. NBA Rookie of the Month for the Eastern Conference Landry Fields nearly notched a double-double, scoring 9 points and pulling down 10 rebounds.
Bargnani finished with a career-high 41 points, while adding 7 rebounds and 6 assists. DeMarr DeRozan scored 19 points and grabbed 5 rebounds, while Jose Calderon added 11 points, 7 assists, and 4 rebounds. Jerryd Bayless came off the bench to score 10 points while dishing out 4 assists.
The Knicks’ last seven-game winning streak was from Dec. 22, 2000-Jan. 7, 2001. The Knicks will go for their seventh-straight victory tomorrow in Washington against the Wizards at 7pm.