NEW YORK -- The Raptors deserve heaps of praise for showing real resiliency last night.
As a result, they are on a legitimate roll.
The Raptors won for the second time in as many nights and for the fourth time in the last five games, beating the New York Knicks 103-100 at Madison Square Garden.
After starting the season 2-8, the Raptors (7-10) have righted the ship and are in sole possession of second place in the Atlantic Division, just half a game behind the New Jersey Nets.
The Knicks shaved a nine-point deficit with five minutes left to just one with two minutes left, but they couldn't come any closer.
A huge T.J. Ford driving layup in the final minute put the Raptors up by three. Jorge Garbajosa followed with a key offensive rebound and the Knicks had to foul Ford, who made the ensuing frees to give the Raptors a five-point lead with 11.9 seconds left.
Chris Bosh had another great game for the Raptors, scoring 27 points to go along with 11 rebounds. Ford continued his hot streak with 20 points and 10 assists.
Curry led the way with 27 points for the Knicks. Andrea Bargnani had a decent game off the bench for the Raptors, scoring 11 points.
Raptors coach Sam Mitchell made his second change to his starting lineup in as many nights, going with Rasho Nesterovic in place of Joey Graham to give Toronto a big man on large Eddy Curry. The plan became a moot point after Nesterovic picked up two fouls early in the first quarter, giving extra minutes to Bargnani and unusual playing time to Kris Humphries.
Humphries made the most of his time, bringing energy and scoring some key baskets for Toronto that extinguished Knicks momentum.
Bosh was nearly unstoppable in the first half (21 points, nine rebounds), but the Raptors blew a chance to build on an 11-point lead with three minutes left in the second quarter thanks to a turnover and an offensive foul by Graham on consecutive possessions. That allowed the Knicks to narrow the deficit to 64-60 at halftime, still tying a Raptors high for points in a half.
Bosh wasn't nearly as much of a factor in the third quarter, scoring just two points.