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Knicks 110, Raptors 84

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NEW YORK -- Carmelo Anthony led the New York Knicks with 28 points, but Kenyon Martin again sparked the team he joined a month ago, stepping up to provide big plays on both ends of the court and an intensity the Knicks have needed.

It all added up to a second straight win over the Toronto Raptors in a home-and-home matchup, with the Knicks earning a 110-84 victory at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night.

Martin, who signed with the Knicks on Feb. 21, scored 18 points, had seven rebounds and energized the crowd as he had another successful night stepping in for injured center Tyson Chandler.

The Knicks (42-26) won their fourth straight game, following a four-game losing streak during their West Coast road trip.

DeMar DeRozan scored 17 points to lead Toronto (26-44), which was without injured forward Rudy Gay. The Raptors, who trailed for nearly all of the game, dropped their fourth straight, including their second in as many nights to the Knicks.

Kyle Lowry and Alan Anderson added 14 points apiece for Toronto.

Martin, who scored 19 points and had 11 rebounds against the Raptors in Toronto on Friday night, started helping the Knicks pull away with his energetic close to the first half Saturday.

He all but took over on both ends of the court in the final three minutes, helping the Knicks build a 12-point halftime lead while inspiring the Garden crowd to chant his name.

The spurt started with a thunderous dunk on a put-back with 2:29 left that sent the Knicks up 50-43 and left Martin shaking and howling when he landed.

A little more than a minute later, Martin put down another slam off an alley-oop from his old Nets teammate, Jason Kidd, for a 56-47 lead.

Then Martin smacked away a shot at the other end of the court, prompting "oohs" from the crowd before finally coming back down to score on a layup and a foul with seven seconds left. That gave the Knicks a 59-47 lead and the fans rewarded Martin by chanting his name in appreciation.

The Knicks expanded the lead to 82-67 in the third quarter, when Anthony scored nine points and Martin scored seven, and cruised through the fourth for the victory.

NOTES: Knicks center Chandler (neck) missed his sixth straight game and was listed as day to day. ... Gay, who left Friday's game early due to his back issue, did not travel with the Raptors. He scored four points in 14 minutes before exiting Friday. ... Anthony, who had recently missed six of eight games due to a knee injury, played 43 minutes in Friday's win over the Raptors. Before Saturday's rematch, Knicks coach Mike Woodson said he wanted to limit Anthony to 32 or 33 minutes. ... The back-to-back games against the Knicks marked the Raptors' first such home-and-home matchup of the season. ... Knicks rookie forward Chris Copeland took to center court before the game and announced to the crowd that it was Jason Kidd's 40th birthday. Copeland then led the fans in a chorus of "Happy Birthday" as Kidd listened and laughed.

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