Knicks takeaways from Monday’s 123-121 loss to Raptors, including RJ Barrett’s OT-forcing slam and Jalen Brunson’s last-second miss

Toronto Raptors forward Juancho Hernangomez (41) drives to the basket as New York Knicks guard RJ Barrett (9) and guard Miles McBride (2) defend during the first half at Madison Square Garden.

Toronto Raptors forward Juancho Hernangomez (41) drives to the basket as New York Knicks guard RJ Barrett (9) and guard Miles McBride (2) defend during the first half at Madison Square Garden. / Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

the Knicks fell to the Toronto Raptors in overtime, 123-121, on Monday with a last-second game-winning attempt missing.

Here are the key takeaways…

– A six-point deficit with under a minute to go in overtime was cut into by a Julius Randle and-1, his 21st points to go along with 15 boards and eight assists. He missed the free throw but fought for the offensive rebound, leading to an RJ Barrett drawn foul and two free throws, giving Barrett 32 points in the evening on 23 shots.

– With Toronto up two, a missed three gave the Knicks one last-second look, which fell to Jalen Brunson on a walk-up, potential game-winning three that hit the back rim. He had 26 points but couldn’t convert on the biggest shot.

– The Raptors were led by Fred VanVleet‘s 33 points and eight assists and were without Otto Porter Jr. while the Knicks were at full strength on the afternoon.

– Toronto got off to a strong start from deep, with two threes from Gary Trent Jr. and one from VanVleet off a lagging New York defense. The Knicks struggled rotating with Mitchell Robinson against a smaller Raptors lineup with Pascal Siakam at the center.

– Siakam was a large part of the early offense, and helped lead his team to an 18-10 lead just past the midway point of the quarter.

– Randle found Robinson three times for dunks, and threw two down himself en route to 10 points, three rebounds and four assists in the first. He helped narrow the gap, but Siakam and Trent Jr. had 17 in the period as the Raptors led 29-25 going into the second.

– New York trailed by as much as nine early in the period, their offense flummoxed by Toronto’s zone. Obi Toppin had an active first stint with a slam and corner three.

– A VanVleet three extended the Raptors lead, 43-33, midway through the quarter.

– The Knicks’ starters returned and immediately made an impact. A Randle and-1, Robinson offensive rebound leading to a Quentin Grimes layup, and a Barrett floater off a Brunson drawn charge cut the lead down to one with three minutes to go.

– Barrett kept the momentum in New York’s favour, stopping Scottie Barnes under the rim twice and converting with more free throws and a three. Brunson added a few late buckets to give the Knicks a 59-56 lead going into halftime.

– Toronto was constantly at New York’s heels in the third quarter, keeping the deficit within a few possessions. VanVleet racked up 22 by early in the period, getting loose for transition threes.

– The Knicks Big 3 kept attacking, but the Raptors eventually whittled the lead down and tied the game at the 3:28 mark. New York responded, holding strong 87-81 behind Barrett’s 20, Brunson’s 20 and Randle’s double-double as they entered the fourth.

Immanuel Quickley helped build on New York’s lead with a floater and trips to the line. He had 14 on the night, and New York led by ten with nine minutes to play.

– The Raptors fought to stay competitive, getting as close as five but getting answered by the Knicks time and time again. Robinson continued making his presence known inside with 11 points for the game.

– VanVleet then took over, with five quick points to tie the game at 104 with 90 seconds remaining.

– A VanVleet miss was collected by Barnes, who was fouled by Barrett. Two free throws gave Toronto a 109-108 edge with 12.1 to play.

– A Randle off-ball foul off a Brunson miss gave Barnes free throws and a chance to go up three. A miss on the second attempt came to Barrett, who barreled down the length of the court to posterize Barnes and tie the game at 110 with 0.6 on the clock, forcing overtime.


What’s next

The Knicks finish their quick two-game homestand on Wednesday night against the Washington Wizards at 9:30 pm

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