New York Knicks get reality check from Raptors (Highlights)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 27: DeMar DeRozan #10 of the Toronto Raptors dribbles against Willy Hernangomez #14 of the New York Knicks during their game at Madison Square Garden on February 27, 2017 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

The New York Knicks came up short on the road Friday night against a tough divisional opponent — the Toronto Raptors.

  • New York Knicks 84 (8-7)
  • Toronto Raptors 107 (10-5)
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The New York Knicks have been riding high lately. Even their devastating loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers was met with positive vibes after Enes Kanter ignited a rivalry with LeBron James.

They got a heavy dose of reality on Friday night from the Toronto Raptors. New York slips to 1-4 on the road with the loss vs. their impressive 7-3 record at home. Of course, it’s been hard for the Knicks to win without a stellar performance from their unicorn.

They didn’t get one on Friday when Kristaps Porzingis had his worst game of the season — 13 points, 3-13 shooting. But it was big nights from DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry that did New York in. The Raptors backcourt had a combined 44 points and 17 assists.

Key Stat

The Raptors had 29 assists to New York’s 17. The home team moved the ball much better than the Knicks.

Key Player

Like a lot of NBA teams, New York struggles to get points from their bench. When their top reserve scorer — Doug McDermott — goes 2-10 that’s a very bad thing.

I'm ESNY's Executive Editor for I cover the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets. Email: Chip Murphy covers the NBA for Elite Sports NY. You can find him on Twitter @ChipperMurphy.