By Adrian Stewart Co
New York Knicks stretched its winning run further after a 120-103 victory over Toronto Raptors in the 2020-2021 NBA Season on Saturday night (Sunday in the Philippines) at the Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York.
Julius Randle tallied double-double 31 points and 10 rebounds, while RJ Barrett also had a double-double of 25 points and 12 boards as the Knicks improved to 34-27.
Derrick Rose scored 19 points to go along with seven assists, while Reggie Bullock contributed 16 points as the Knicks posted its ninth consecutive win.
The Knicks, which were having a winning run for the first time since the 2002-2003 season, waxed hot in the second period behind Randle as they turned a slim 30-26 lead to a 55-46 spread.
Toronto, however, managed to claw its way back as they were just down 88-83 before the Knicks went for the kill in the fourth period behind Randle, Barrett, Rose, and Bullock.
Fred VanVleet and OG Anunoby each scored 27 points, while Pascal Siakam added 26 markers as the Raptors saw its four-game winning run snapped to go down to 25-35.
Meanwhile, Milwaukee Bucks (37-22) cruised to a lopsided 132-94 victory over the slumping Philadelphia 76ers (39-21), which have now lost its last four matches.
Giannis Antetokounmpo led the way with 24 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists, Bobby Portis added 17, while Brynn Forbes and Jordan Nwora added 13 each for the Bucks.
This was the Bucks second consecutive victory against the erstwhile Eastern Conference top-seed 76ers following their 124-117 triumph last Thursday (Friday in the Philippines).
NEW YORK 120 – Randle 31, Barrett 25, Rose 19, Bullock 16, Gibson 9, Toppin 9, Quickley 6, Payton 4, Noel 1.
TORONTO 103 – VanVleet 27, Anunoby 27, Siakam 26, Birch 8, Lowry 4, Trent 4, Watanabe 3, Flynn 2, Gillespie 2.
Quarterscores: 30-26, 64-59, 88-83, 120-103./ASC, WDJ