Raptors crush injured New York in Toronto

10 February 2018 05:44:41 GMTPlus11

Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan both had an underwhelming night, but the Toronto Raptors still blasted the New York Knicks 113-88 Thursday at the Air Canada Centre.

The Toronto star duo finished for a combined 15 points while pulling down seven rebounds and passing out eight assists for the game.

The Raptors have a NBA best 23-4 home record where Toronto has been almost untouchable.

Leading the way for the hosts was Jonas Valanciunas, as the 25-year old center from Utena, Lithuania ended the contest with 18 points while pulling down 10 rebounds and passing out two assists for a double-double.

Toronto remains one game behind the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference leading Boston Celtics, as the Raptors have a record of 38-16 and have won four straight contests.

The Raptors areĀ 1.71 to win the Atlantic Division, while the Celtics are 2.10.

New York played their first game without Kristaps Porzingis, with the European big man out for the season with an ACL tear.

The Knicks have now lost five straight games and have only won two of their past ten contests. The visitors from New York City are five and half games behind the Philadelphia 76ers for the final seed in the Eastern Conference, but that margin appears cavernous with all the injuries that the Knicks have suffered.

The Knicks will look to get back on track on Sunday, as New York travels to Indiana to square off with the Pacers.

Meanwhile, Toronto will visit North Carolina to take on the Charlotte Hornets in a brief one-game road trip before heading home to host the Miami Heat.

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