Raptors ragged in win over Knicks

Tyler Hansbrough of the Toronto Raptors and Iman Shumpert of the New York Knicks battle for a loose...

Tyler Hansbrough of the Toronto Raptors and Iman Shumpert of the New York Knicks battle for a loose ball during NBA preseason play in Toronto October 11, 2013. (VERONICA HENRI/QMI Agency)

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:22 PM ET

There was little magic in the air for the return of Il Mago to his old stomping grounds.

Andrea Bargnani’s first trip back to Toronto came up short.

Bargnani ignored booing by the Raptors faithful every time he touched the ball and managed to contribute 10 points and four rebounds, but Toronto mounted a late comeback to emerge victorious, 100-91.

Perhaps because the arena was unusually barren, the expected sour reception for Bargnani wasn’t as vocal as most anticipated. Vince Carter, Chris Bosh and Tracy McGrady all were greeted with far more venom than Bargnani. Damon Stoudamire probably received the most similar treatment to Bargnani.

Bargnani, of course, didn’t demand an exit or bail in free agency like the others, he was dealt when it was clear it was completely untenable for him to remain a Raptor.

 


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