Knicks 99, Raptors 94

Associated Press  |  Last updated March 22, 2013
Carmelo Anthony scored 37 points, Kenyon Martin had 19 points and 11 rebounds, and the New York Knicks clinched a playoff berth with a 99-94 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Friday night. Martin shot 9 of 10 from the field and didn't miss until 1:40 remained in the game, J.R. Smith scored 14 points and the Knicks earned their 41st win. That guaranteed they'll reach the playoffs for the third straight season, something they hadn't done since a 14-year streak of postseason appearances from 1988 to 2001. The league's second-leading scorer, Anthony has 57 total points in his past two games after missing six of the previous eight with a sore right knee. The defeat was a double blow for Toronto, which lost for the 11th time in 15 games and saw forward Rudy Gay leave in the second with a sore back. He did not return. Alan Anderson scored a career-high 35 points, DeMar DeRozan had 18 and Jonas Valanciunas 10 as the Raptors lost their third straight. Kyle Lowry led Toronto with 10 assists. Down by 14 points midway through the third, the Raptors rallied to make a game of it in the fourth. A three-point play by DeRozan cut it to 84-82 with 6:17 left, but Anthony answered with a three-point play of his own, keying a 10-2 run that put the Knicks up 94-84 with 4:00 remaining. A putback dunk by Terrence Ross cut it to 97-92 with 39 seconds left and, after Smith missed a pair of free throws, Anderson made two from the line, making it 97-94. Anthony was fouled and made the first but missed the second, giving the Knicks a four-point edge. Jason Kidd grabbed the rebound when Ross's 3-point heave came up short, and capped it by making one of two from the line. Tyson Chandler (neck) did not travel with the team, remaining in New York for treatment. Coach Mike Woodson said he doesn't know when Chandler, who last played March 13, will be cleared to return. The Knicks earlier said they expected Chandler to miss about a week. Raymond Felton's banked 3 gave the Knicks a 25-15 lead with two minutes left in the first but Anderson scored five straight points as the Raptors cut it to 25-22 after one. Gay headed to the locker room with a sore back at 7:04 of the second and the Knicks pulled away. Anthony and Kidd each scored six as New York outscored Toronto 25-15 to open a 50-37 lead at the half. The Raptors made five of 20 field goal attempts in the quarter. Anderson matched a Raptors record with 20 points in the third and Toronto made five of nine from 3-point range, but a turnaround, buzzer-beating 3 by Anthony gave the Knicks a 77-71 lead heading into the fourth. NOTES: Besides Chandler, Amare Stoudemire (right knee), Kurt Thomas (right foot) and Rasheed Wallace (left foot) also skipped the trip to Toronto. ... The Knicks host the Raptors on Saturday night. ... Iman Shumpert started for the New York after sitting out the second half of Wednesday's win over Orlando with a sore left knee. ... Mike James was the last Toronto player to score 20 in a quarter, doing it in the fourth against Detroit on Apr. 14, 2006. ... Woodson expressed his sadness at the death of former Knicks captain Ray Williams, who died Friday at the age of 58. ''It's a major loss,'' Woodson said. ''He's a part of our Knicks family.'' ... Actor Isiah Whitlock Jr. attended the game
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