Rudy Gay scores 32, Raptors beat Knicks 100-98
TORONTO (AP) — Knicks coach Mike Woodson didn't mince words when asked what went wrong for his team in the final minute of Friday night's narrow loss to Toronto.
"I thought our shot selection was awful," Woodson said.
Rudy Gay scored a season-high 32 points, DeMar DeRozan had 18 and the Raptors beat New York 100-98, handing the slumping Knicks their season-worst fourth straight defeat.
Carmelo Anthony and Raymond Felton both missed 3-pointers in the final minute, and Woodson made it clear he would have preferred his players drive the lane instead.
"We didn't play smart coming down the stretch," Woodson said. "We had opportunities to take the ball to the rim and make plays, and they were blowing the whistle. I have to think we would have got some calls, but we didn't. We settled."
Anthony and Felton both agreed the Knicks had executed poorly, with Anthony suggesting the recent skid was weighing on New York's mind.
"When you lose games like this it's easy to start thinking too much, overthinking what you should do, what you shouldn't do, rather than just going out there and playing basketball," Anthony said. "I think that's where we're at."
Kyle Lowry scored 15 points, Amir Johnson 12 and John Lucas 10 as the Raptors won for the sixth time in seven games.
Anthony had 32 points and J.R. Smith added 19 for the Knicks, winless since beating Minnesota on Feb. 8.
"We've got to get over this hump," Anthony said. "We've hit a bad stretch."
Brooklyn's home loss to Houston kept the Knicks one game ahead of the Nets atop the Atlantic Division. Both teams play again at home Sunday night. The Knicks host Philadelphia while the Nets face Memphis.
"We've got to go home and try to get off this slide," Woodson said.
Amare Stoudemire scored 14 points and Felton added 10 for New York, which rallied from a nine-point deficit in the fourth quarter to take the lead with 6:11 left.
Trailing 79-70 to begin the fourth, New York scored nine of the next 11 points. Toronto called a timeout after Stoudemire's dunk cut it to 81-79 with 9:09 left.
New York kept coming, tying it at 86 on Smith's 3-pointer with 6:55 left and then taking the lead 45 seconds later when Smith scored on a driving layup.
Gay made two free throws and added a jumper to put Toronto up 93-89 with 3:35 left, but New York tied it again when Anthony hit a pair from the line and Smith followed with a step-back jumper.