TORONTO (AP) — Jeremy Lin scored 20 points, Fred VanVleet had 13 points and 12 assists, and the Toronto Raptors beat the New York Knicks 128-92 on Monday night.
The victory came at a cost to the Raptors, who saw guard Kyle Lowry leave in the third quarter after suffering an injured right ankle. Lowry, who had 15 points and eight assists in 26 minutes, was back in the lineup after missing the previous two games because of a sore left ankle.
New York rookie center Mitchell Robinson collided with Lowry while chasing a loose ball at 5:15 of the third, falling onto Lowry’s legs and taking the All-Star point guard down from behind. Lowry slapped the floor in pain and frustration before being helped to his feet and limping to the locker room.
Marc Gasol had 12 points and 11 rebounds, Pascal Siakam scored 19 points and OG Anonoby had 14 as Toronto reached 50 wins for the fourth straight season.
Allonzo Trier scored 22 points and Kevin Knox had 12 as the Knicks lost big one day after Mario Hezona’s last-second block gave them a 124-123 home win over LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers. New York, which has the worst record in the NBA at 14-57, lost for the ninth time in 10 games.
With the Raptors playing the second game of a back-to-back, forward Kawhi Leonard was given the night off to rest. Leonard scored 33 points in Sunday’s loss at Detroit. VanVleet, who returned to the lineup Sunday after missing 12 games because of an injured left thumb, started in place of Leonard.
Toronto made 14 of 17 shots in a blistering first quarter, including five of seven from long range, and led 38-29 after one. VanVleet had eight points and six assists in the opening quarter.
The Raptors led 73-54 at halftime. It was Toronto’s highest-scoring half of the season.
After the Raptors opened the second half with an 8-0 run, Knicks coach David Fizdale called timeout and removed all five of his starters. The shift change didn’t help, and Toronto took a 101-69 lead into the fourth.
Knicks: G Dennis Smith Jr. missed his third straight game because of a sore lower back and F Noah Vonleh missed his second straight because of a sprained right ankle. Neither player travelled to Toronto with the team. ... Fizdale said G Frank Ntilikina will be reevaluated Tuesday. Ntilikina has not played since Jan. 27 because of a sore groin. ... Robinson has now recorded a block in 28 straight games, tying Patrick Ewing for the longest streak ever by a Knicks rookie.
Raptors: Serge Ikaba served the third and final game of his suspension for throwing a punch at Cleveland’s Marquese Chriss on March 11. ... Toronto recorded an assist on eight of its first 10 baskets. ... The Raptors are 8-0 at home against Atlantic Division opponents.
Knicks: Host Utah on Wednesday night.
Raptors: At Oklahoma City on Wednesday night.
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