Raptors beat Knicks 110-97, assured of top-3 seed in East
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 09, 2017,
Apr 09, 2017, 21:51
"No team in this league is gonna lay down", DeRozan said. The Pacers, meanwhile, are down in seventh with two games (including one against ATL) on the schedule. He broke Vince Carter's franchise record with his 31st 30-point game of the season.
Sunday they head to NY where the Knicks are in shutdown mode and then finish up Wednesday in Cleveland in a game that may not mean anything to the Cavs seeding nor even the Raps. Toronto's opponent in the first round of the playoffs is still to be determined. They remained ninth in the Eastern Conference with three games to play.
"Come next weekend, it's a whole different dynamic of basketball", said DeRozan. The chase for home court advantage is an important part of the season and DeRozan has been spectacular this year.
NY (30-50) is 0-3 against Toronto and will finish with at least 50 losses for the third straight season.
"Continue what we're doing, continue to focus, being physically and mentally ready for the speed of the game, the physicality of the game". "These are great situations for us".
As the needle moves closer to the post-season, a time when every team and every player is measured regardless of whatever regular-season acclaim was achieved, the Raptors remain a work in progress.
"Fortunately/unfortunately, the games are our practices".
According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, Toronto is favored on the road, as the Raptors are getting odds of -6.5 points against the Knicks.
DeMar DeRozan's season averages for 2016-17: career-high 27 points per game, career-high 5.3 rebounds per game, 4 assists per game.
As a team, Miami struggled to hit their 3-pointers and turned the ball over too many times, going only 8-of-23 from behind the arc and surrendering 19 giveaways to the Raptors. After beating the Heat, however, he was brimming with confidence.
"There was a couple of possessions where me and Serge's communication or me and PJ's communication was off", said Lowry. But with the game being so early and lines not coming out until 11 pm EST, there's no point in waiting for a line to be released.
Down by as many 18 points in the second quarter, Heat forward James Johnson led the Heat's comeback attempt with 22 points, 10 rebounds and three assists.
DeRozan was unsroppable in the first half, pouring in 25 points as Toronto took a 53-43 lead into half-time.
Whiteside came right back with a hook shot, but a pair of free throws by DeRozan, and stiff defence from the Raptors that led to back-to-back layups by Lowry and DeRozan, made it 90-84 with 1:52 left to play. Miami replied with two made free throws by Dragic and Whiteside, and a driving layup by Johnson to cut Toronto's lead to 92-88.
In the Miami Heat they got everything the could ask for in a hard-fough 96-94 win over a team fighting tooth and nail to earn a playoff berth.
"No question, that is what is good for us", said Casey. A lot of times Kyle don't have to get it going scoring-wise to will us to a victory. DeRozan closed out his night with a pair of free throws, although Tyler Johnson made one last three-pointer for Miami in the dying seconds of the game. Coaches could scheme against him as they knew DeRozan would be the main offensive threat, so they doubled him late him in games and forced other players to step up and win games.