Knicks takeaways from Sunday's 120-105 loss to Raptors, including no answer for Fred VanVleet

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RJ Barrett loses ball guarded by Fred Van Vleet in empty Toronto arena blue unis
RJ Barrett loses ball guarded by Fred Van Vleet in empty Toronto arena blue unis

The Knicks didn't start 2022 well, suffering a 120-105 loss Sunday at the Toronto Raptors.

Here are the takeaways...

- There were no fans have ScotiaBank Arena in Toronto, and there won’t be for three weeks. But if there were, the arena would’ve been loud all day. The Raptors hit their first five shots and seven of their first nine from the field, and took an early 17-5 lead. New York went on a 19-9 run of its own to trail by two, and they trailed 30-27 after the first quarter. In his second career start, Obi Toppin set a career high with four assists in the quarter, as well (he finished with six).

- But the Knicks had trouble scoring in the second quarter, missing their first six shots of the quarter and scoring just one points in the first six minutes. With that slump, the Knicks trailed by 17 at one point. The Knicks also had nine turnovers in the second quarter, and hit just four of 15 triples in the first half, as they trailed 56-45 at half.

- The Knicks couldn’t really get much going at all. They did make it a nine-point game midway through the third, but then Toronto went on a 17-2 run to give themselves a 24-point lead, and they never looked back. The Knicks couldn’t stop Fred VanVleet, who dropped 19 points of his 35 points in the third quarter. He was 7 for 13 from 3-point land.

- With elite rim protector Mitchell Robinson in health and safety protocols, 52 of the Raptors' 120 points came inside the paint.

- RJ Barrett and Evan Fournier were fairly efficient in this one. Barrett scored 19 points on 6-for-14 shooting, while Fournier led the Knicks with 20 points, also hitting 6 of 14 shots -- 4 for 10 from 3.

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What's next

The Knicks (17-20) host the Indiana Pacers Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.