The Toronto Raptors announced Monday the following updates to their 2021-22 schedule:
• The game originally scheduled for Dec. 16 vs. Chicago at Scotiabank Arena has been moved to Feb. 3.
• Dec. 20 vs. Orlando will now be played March 4 at Scotiabank Arena.
• Feb. 3 vs. Miami has been moved to Feb. 1 at Scotiabank Arena.
• The game originally scheduled for Dec. 22 at Chicago will instead be played Jan. 26.
• Feb. 1 at Atlanta will now be played Jan. 31.
• Jan. 26 at Brooklyn is now scheduled for Feb. 28.
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FINAL SCORE: TORONTO RAPTORS 120, NEW YORK KNICKS 105
DATE: JANUARY 2, 2022
Fournier – 20
Gibson – 7
Toppin – 6
VanVleet – 35
Siakam – 14
Siakam – 7
The Raptors went on a 20-5 run beginning at the 6:49 mark in the third quarter to push their lead to 24 points (86-62) with 3:08 remaining in the third … Toronto outscored New York 40-29 in the frame and led by 15+ points for the rest of the game.
Toronto shot .477 (41-for-86) from the field and outscored New York 52-36 in the paint … Entering tonight, the Knicks had held opponents to fewer than 90 points in four consecutive games (Dec. 25-31).
With the win, Toronto improves to 16-17 this season and 9-10 at home … The Raptors are 3-0 against the Knicks this season and have now won 11 consecutive games at home against New York … Toronto has won seven of its last nine games at Scotiabank Arena … The Raptors complete a four-game homestand (Dec. 28 – Jan. 4) Tuesday night against the San Antonio Spurs.
Fred VanVleet finished with a season-high 35 points, including a season-best seven three-point field goals, and added five rebounds and five assists in 31 minutes … VanVleet has now scored 30+ points in three of his last four games played (Dec. 14-Jan. 2), averaging 31.0 points and shooting .476 (40-for-84) from the field during this stretch … He has scored 30+ points in five games this season, something he did six times in 52 games last season.
Pascal Siakam tallied 20 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists in 35 minutes for his team-leading sixth double-double of the season … Siakam has scored 20+ points in four consecutive games played (Dec. 14- Jan. 2), averaging 24.5 points and shooting .519 (40-for-77) during this span … With his seven assists tonight, Siakam passed Morris Peterson for 10th on the Raptors all-time assists list (966).
Scottie Barnes scored 13 points and added four rebounds in 30 minutes … Barnes returned to the lineup for this first time since Dec. 18 after missing three games due to health and safety protocols (Dec. 26-28) and right knee tendinitis (Dec. 31).
With the loss, New York falls to 17-20, including 10-9 on the road … The Knicks finished their four-game road trip (Dec. 28- Jan. 2) with a 2-2 record … New York will return home to host Indiana on Tuesday night.
Evan Fournier finished with a team-high 20 points (6-14 FG, 4-10 3PT, 4-4 FT) in 26 minutes … Fournier has led the Knicks in scoring four times this season, most recently Dec. 21 vs. Detroit.
RJ Barrett scored 19 points, adding four rebounds and three assists in 29 minutes … Barrett averaged 17.0 points and shot .429 (24-for-56) on New York’s four-game road trip (Dec.28-Jan. 2).
Obi Toppin recorded a career high-tying 19 points and added a season-best six assists in a career-high 45 minutes … Toppin’s other 19-point performance came Dec. 10 vs. Toronto.
The Knicks tallied 11 steals tonight, led by career-highs from Alec Burks (5) and Quentin Grimes (4).