Toronto, ON, Canada (4E Sports) – Kyle Lowry hit a go-ahead jumper and Rudy Gay added three foul shots as the Toronto Raptors escaped with a 100-98 victory over the New York Knicks Friday at Air Canada Centre.
Lowry broke a 95-all deadlock with a six-foot jumper with 28 seconds left before committing a foul on Knicks’ center Tyson Chandler, a 69-percent free throw shooter who earlier made his first three foul shots.
However, Chandler failed to tie the game as he missed one of two charities with 21 seconds left. Chandler then fouled Gay, who buried two foul shots to give the Raptors a 99-96 advantage.
The Knicks had another chance to tie the game but Carmelo Anthony missed a 27-foot three-pointer with eight seconds left.
Gay drew a foul from Jason Kidd as he grabbed the rebound. He missed the first but made the second to seal the win. Anthony then made a layup for the final tally.
Gay finished with a season-high 32 points on top of seven rebounds while DeMar DeRozan added 18 as the Raptors (23-33) won six of their last seven games.
Lowry finished with 15 points, Amir Johnson had 12 and John Lucas chipped in 10 for Toronto.
Carmelo Anthony scored 32 points while J.R. Smith added 19 for the Knicks, who suffered a season-high fourth straight loss that dropped them to 33-20.
Amare Stoudemire added 14 points and Raymond Felton had 10 points, six rebounds and three assists for the Knicks.
Earlier, Gay scored nine of the Raptors’ 11 points to give them a 73-60 advantage, with 3:06 left in the third period.
However, the Knicks took an 88-86 lead behind five straight points from Smith with six minutes to play in the fourth period.