The Toronto Raptors swept the New York Knicks in a home and home series. The 115-100 win makes the Raptors 13-15, and 7-2 since the Rudy Gay trade.
Kyle Lowry had a phenomenal game, which is likely to make Knicks owner James Dolan seethe, after reports of a trade involving Lowry and the Knicks fell through.
Lowry had a season-high 32 points, to go along with 11 assists and 8 rebounds. As I mentioned in my tanking piece, the Raptors find themselves atop the lowly Atlantic division, and with this young team firing on all cylinders the playoffs seem like a sure thing.
Jonas Valanciunas, who I profiled here, was one point shy of a double-double, finishing with 9 points, and 10 rebounds as he was plagued by foul trouble throughout the game. A fair number of those calls against Valanciunas were awful. He also had a monster screen on JR Smith, leaving Smith dazed on the ground for several seconds.
The Kings newcomers, especially Greivis Vasquez and John Salmons, have gelled nicely, and each had a number of plays that helped secure the victory while the starters were out. Vasquez had back-to-back threes early in the fourth quarter, and Salmons made his play noticeable by being a solid distributor.
The Toronto Raptors are playing their best basketball of the season. With three days off until their next game, the team will most assuredly go into the mini break with their confidence high, and they will need it.
Coming up are the Bulls, the Pacers, the Wizards and the Heat. Be sure to catch the weekly article “The Rap Up” which will start tomorrow and act as a summary of the week that was and a preview of the week to come.