Surging Raptors take down Knicks

Knicks' Metta World Peace (far left) and Andrea Bargnani fight for a rebound with Raptors' power...

Knicks' Metta World Peace (far left) and Andrea Bargnani fight for a rebound with Raptors' power Tyler Hansbrough as New York's Tim Hardaway Jr. looks on Friday night at Madison Square Garden. (USA TODAY SPORTS/PHOTO)

Ryan Wolstat, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:26 PM ET

NEW YORK - The Raptors have made things difficult for Masai Ujiri.

The team’s new president and general manager’s strong preference would have been to continue dismantling remnants of the Bryan Colangelo era, but with Andrea Bargnani and Rudy Gay out of the picture, the team has been playing too well to simply start demolishing.

The optics of blowing up a team leading its division and playing like the third-best, or, at worst, fourth-best team in its conference — even one as terrible as the East — would be nearly impossible to sell.

The Raptors won again on Friday, in an ugly game, befitting the hideousness of the Atlantic Division, 95-83 over the Knicks. That moved Toronto to 6-3 since trading Rudy Gay and a game up over Boston.


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