J.R. Smith finished with 30 points to lead the New York Knicks to a close victory over the Toronto Raptors, 95-92. New York (37-45) has now won four consecutive games.
Smith went 13-19 from the field (2-5 on 3-point attempts) in an efficient offensive performance. Cole Aldrich contributed 13 points and 16 rebounds for New York as well. Despite the loss, Kyle Lowry scored 22 points for Toronto on 8-15 shooting (3-8 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 3-5 from the free throw line.
The Raptors had 20 assists against 24 turnovers for a ratio of .83. This year, they are 2-5 when having more turnovers than assists in a game. Conversely, the Knicks are 11-1 when holding their opponents below an assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.00.
This drops Toronto (48-34) to 2-2 versus New York on the season.
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