Raptors bruise Anthony, Knicks 92-88By Dave Buscema, The Sports Xchange | The SportsXchange – Thu, Feb 14, 2013 12:01 AM EST
NEW YORK -- Rudy Gay had an off night for the Toronto Raptors, but teammates picked up the star forward who has bolstered them since his arrival from Memphis. Carmelo Anthony also had a poor night: The New York Knicks' forward suffered a bruised biceps that he said could keep him from playing in Sunday's All-Star Game. But the Knicks weren't much better overall, as Toronto topped them 92-88 at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night in the teams' final game before the All-Star break. Anthony scored just 12 points on some woeful shooting and said after the game he had a deep contusion on his right biceps, an injury he sustained in the first quarter. Anthony, mentioned as an MVP candidate in most of the first half, said he wanted to see how it felt before deciding whether to play in the All-Star Game. Gay scored just 11 points and had just one field goal in the second half for Toronto (21-32), but Alan Anderson scored 26 and DeMar DeRozan added 20 as the Raptors won their fourth straight game. "Well, he's been carrying us since he got here," Anderson, who made 6 of 8 3-pointers, said of Gay, who was 4 of 21 from the field. "We've gotta help him out." Anthony had just as poor a showing for the Knicks (32-18), who lost for the second straight time and third in their last four games. Anthony shot just 5 of 24 from the field, including a missed layup in the final minutes that could have brought the Knicks within one. "I just missed the layup," he said, adding that his shooting touch from farther out was hampered by a run-in with DeRozan in the first quarter. The Raptors guard's elbow hit Anthony's right biceps, Anthony said. The Knicks star said he would "be fine" but acknowledged he would consider missing the All-Star Game if he didn't feel ready to go. "Kind of like a dead arm out there," Anthony said. "Just trying to get through it. "I'm gonna see," he said of playing in the All-Star Game. "Take it day by day. I'm not gonna force it. Definitely not gonna force it. As bad as I want to play, if I can't go, I won't go." J.R. Smith scored 26 points to lead the Knicks, who struggled from the line, going 23 of 32. The Raptors opened a 69-60 lead in the first minute of the fourth quarter after scoring the first four points of the period. Smith and Tyson Chandler combined to score the Knicks' next 10 points, with Smith hitting two 3-pointers to cut the lead to 75-72 with 7:13 left. But Anderson, whose 3-point shooting had hurt the Knicks all night, scored on a pair of drives to the basket to help get Toronto's lead back to 83-76 with 3:44 remaining. The Knicks got no closer than four the rest of the way. Toronto started the fourth quarter with a 65-60 lead after trailing by five at halftime and double digits in the first half. Anderson continued to display the 3-point precision he showed in the first half, going 3 of 3 from long distance in the third quarter. "Alan is the man," Raptors coach Dwane Casey said. "He played for some minutes; he earned them. He did a good job being physical against New York." The Raptors ended the period on a 7-2 run in the last two minutes, despite losing guard Kyle Lowry to an ejection after he got his second technical foul for complaining about a foul call with 2:52 left in the quarter. New York played a sloppy game, with several missed opportunities, from not hitting free throws to missing layups to "brain freezes" on defense, as Chandler said. For a team with championship aspirations, it was not a good way to end the first half and the Knicks acknowledged as much afterward. Amar'e Stoudemire, who was just 4 of 13 from the field for 10 points, said the team needed to improve its mental approach to make it more consistent against every team. Chandler, who won a championship with the Dallas Mavericks, said he told his teammates not to waste a rare opportunity. "I said, 'Look, you're not gonna have too many times in your career you can say you have a legitimate chance at a title,'" Chandler said. "You don't ever want to look back ... As an athlete, that's the worst thing you can have: regrets." NOTES: Raptors forward and ex-Knick Landry Fields drew the start and the first assignment to guard Anthony, a late switch with Fields starting instead of Amir Johnson. Earlier in the day, Fields announced via Twitter that he and supermodel Elaine Alden had gotten engaged. ... Knicks forward Rasheed Wallace, who has been out since Dec. 13 with a foot injury, should be able to return to practice next Tuesday, Knicks coach Mike Woodson said in his pregame news conference. ... Chandler, who is set to play in his first All-Star game Sunday, is battling a sore right ankle, but was able to start Wednesday. He's expected to be joined in Houston for All-Star Weekend by slam dunk contestant James White and 3-point shooting competitor Novak. ... Terrence Ross will compete in the dunk contest for Toronto.
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