The Knicks will leave Toronto having won their first game of the 2010-2011 season, 98-93. It wasn't the most impressive win and it came against a team that will likely be at the bottom of the Eastern Conference. But a win in the 82 game season is just that, and when a team is looking to sneak into the playoffs for the first time since 2004. every game counts.
Despite almost giving the game away at the end with defensive lapses as well as poor decision making and ball movement on offense, Toronto was only able to make the final result closer than it could have been.
A couple of thoughts: 10 Knicks got on the court tonight, which is high compared to Mike D'Antoni's team last season, and particularly surprising considering Anthony Randolph did not dress with a minor ankle injury.
Wilson Chandler was left out of the Knicks' starting 5, but still led the team with 22 points off the bench. Amar'e Stoudamire had a tame double double (19 points, 10 boards, and 9 turnovers aren't $100 million numbers).
The difference tonight? Free throws. The Knicks only got to the line 17 times, but shot 88% making 15. Toronto went 18/24 with key misses in the fourth quarter.