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Knicks vs. Raptors 2/22/13

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Here are some notes for those fans watching the New York Knicks (32-19) take on the Toronto Raptors (22-33) in NBA action.

This is the second of four meetings between the two teams this season, and the first of two at the Air Canada Center. In their last meeting with the Raptors, the Knicks suffered a 92-88 loss on Feb. 13 at Madison Square Garden. Thus far New York has not lost a season series versus Toronto in each of the last two seasons.

J.R. Smith paced the Knicks with 26 points, and four rebounds in one meeting this season. Carmelo Anthony added a double-double with 12 points and 12 boards, while Raymon Felton added 16 oints nad five assists.

Last time out for the Knicks:

In the last game for the Knicks, they were never able to gain the lead as they fell to the Indiana Pacers by a final score of 125-91. Tyson Chandler led all offensive players with 19 points and 11 boards in over 34 minutes, which was his 19th double-double of the season.

Earning the Nod:

On Feb. 15, 2013 former Knicks Richie Guerin was elected to the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame via the Veteran’s Committee. Guerin, a Bronx native and six-time All-Star, averaged 20.1 points, 6.4 rebounds and 5.3 assists over 518 regular season games in eight seasons with the franchise.

Also getting the call as a finalist was former great Bernard King, the committee will name this year’s class during the NCAA Final Four in April. King, a native of Brooklyn, averaged 26.5 points, 5.2 boards and 2.8 assists over 206 regular season games in four seasons.

Super Subs:

The New York Knicks bench is second in the NBA with 43.6 points over its last 10 games. Overall the bench is fifth in the NBA scoring 39.0 points-per-game. J.R. Smith is third in the NBA at 15.9 points-per-game among players coming off the bench (min 10 games) and Steve Novak is tied for third in the NBA in 3PT% at .446 (99-222).

This Date in Knicks History:

2010: Knicks celebrate the 40th anniversary of the 1969-70 World Championship; with a halftime ceremony, during the 83-67 loss to Milwaukee. All living members, including Willis Reed, Walt Frazier, Bill Bradley and Dick Barnett were on hand.

The Knicks and Raptors are set to air on the MSG Network with tip-off scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

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