Knicks beat Raptors
NEW YORK—The Raptors ended their regular season by blowing a 21-point lead in a 95-92 loss to the New York Knicks yesterday. But with playoffs on the horizon, Toronto is looking toward its next game.
With a Chicago Bulls loss to the Charlotte Bobcats in overtime, the Raptors still landed the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. They’ll open up their first post-season series since 2008 by hosting the sixth-seeded Brooklyn Nets on Saturday.
The Knicks charged back to tie at 74 entering the fourth by outscoring the Raptors 30-17 in the third. The game became meaningless during the period when Charlotte finished off an overtime victory over Chicago, meaning the Raptors could do no worse than finish tied with the Bulls. Toronto owned the tiebreaker as a division champion.
In other NBA action yesterday, the Bobcats clawed the Bulls 91-86; the Thunder rumbled the Pistons 112-111; the 76ers beat the Heat 100-87; Pelicans downed the Rocket 105-100; the Jazz outplayed the Timberwolves 136-130; the Warriors defeated the Nuggets 116-112; and the Suns scorched the Kings 104-99.
The Pacers outpaced the Magic 101-86; the Wizards mystified the Celtics 118-102; the Cavaliers lanced the Nets 114-85; the Hawks swooped past the Bucks 111-103; the Grizzlies nipped the Mavericks 106-105; the Lakers dunked the Spurs 113-100; and the Trail Blazers burned the Clippers 110-104.