New York – As Galen BronsonA three-pointer win is probably up in the air, and Toronto Raptors coach Nick Nurse has a clear look at its trajectory.
And when she jumped towards the basket, the nurse had only one thing on her mind.
“I kind of said, ‘Please don’t come in,'” he said later, laughing.
“[I] He just hoped he’d miss.”
Fortunately for the Raptors, Bronson’s shot bounced off the back of the rim and into the air, allowing Toronto to escape with a thrilling 123-121 overtime win over the New York Knicks – a Raptors attempt to give up in the final seconds of both regulation and overtime.
“We’ll take whatever we can get at this point,” the Raptors guard Fred VanVleet He said.
It was a VanVleet error with 18 seconds to go in the fourth quarter that set off a chaotic final moment of regulation. After, after Scotty Barnes And Pascal Siakam Both missed jumpers that could have given Toronto the lead, and the shot clock went off when Julius Randel Hold the defensive rebound. But instead of playing defense and forcing the Knicks to punt the ball on their final possession, VanVleet—who had an otherwise stellar game, finishing with 33 points, eight assists, and just one turnover in 45 minutes—took Bronson to commit. foul, giving New York two free throws as a result.
“I was just trying to make sure we got the last shot,” VanVleet said with a smile. “I was just trying to make sure we got the last shot, and we’ll leave it at that.”
But after Bronson split his two free throws, and VanVleet missed the 3 at the other end, Barnes grabbed the offensive rebound, fumbled and made two free throws to put Toronto back together.
Then, after Bronson fouled a prospect and Randle fouled Barnes chasing the rebound, he made his first two free throws but missed the second, giving New York the ball back with 6 seconds to go.
Knicks head coach Tom Thibodeau chose not to call timeout, W.J RJ Barrett — who grew up out of Toronto — proceeded to go coast-to-coast and throw a massive dunk over Barnes with 0.6 seconds left, sending the game into an overtime session.
“I thought it was a great play, and that’s how the game went,” said Thibodeau. “Back and forth. Look, it was a quick turnaround for us, and we just kept going the whole game.”
That battle stretched from the Knicks to when the game seemed to have Toronto firmly in control when the Raptors had the ball with less than a minute left and a six-point lead.
Whatever happened after that?
• Randall stole OG Anunob made a pass, drove the length of the field and was fouled while making a bucket to cut Toronto’s lead to four.
• Randle then fouled the ensuing free throw, and after two Knicks rebounds, Barrett was fouled and hit two free throws to cut the lead to two.
• After Toronto ran the clock, Precious Ichiwa Missed the 3-pointer that New York grabbed from the rebound.
• Finally, on a fast break when Thibodeau again elected not to call a timeout, Bronson threw a clean look at what could have been a game winning win.
“just me [took] “What the defense has given me,” Bronson said. I saw him step back, I saw time, and it’s a shot I’ve been working on all the time. I think it was good.”
In the end, that wasn’t the case, as the Knicks — who were playing their second night of back-to-back games after winning in Detroit on Sunday — fell to 11-12 at Madison Square Garden this season. The loss left New York as the only NBA winningest team with a home loss record, and one of only six teams to have a sub-. 500 home run record, with the Lakers likely to be seventh with a loss later Monday night. Home of the Houston Rockets.
Toronto, meanwhile, has now won four of its last five games and has only its sixth road victory of the season – only San Antonio (5) and Houston (4) have less – as it attempts to climb from the bottom. of the Eastern Conference standings.
“I hope so,” said Nurse, when asked if this could be a victory for the Raptors. “There have been some pretty rough stretches for us, and there have been a lot of games where we didn’t play well. But in saying that, we’ve played a lot of them really well, against really good teams at home, the road, anywhere, we haven’t been out there.” On the right side of the break here or there, and we’d pick a lot of those.
“I think, to me, we should definitely have fewer nights where we just, like, don’t seem to move or run well or play at a pace. Less of that and more like this. I think we’ll have a chance of beating anybody, like we were a month ago. We’ve been playing really good basketball against some really good teams in some really tough situations, and we know we can do that. So hopefully we can go out and play that kind of execution at both ends. Really strong, structured, together, all that kind of The things “.