The Raptors 905 rallied once again against the Westchester Knicks, coming back from a 12-point deficit to win 112-109.
Just two days prior, the 905 stole a game on the Knicks’ home floor thanks to a clutch three-pointer from Davion Berry. The 905 trailed the entire game until that clutch shot.
Coming into this second of a home-and-home, the spotlight was on the Knicks’ backcourt duo of Trey Burke and Xavier Rathan-Mayes. Burke, a 2013 first overall pick by the Minnesota Timberwolves (later traded to the Utah Jazz), finished with 23 points in the loss on Sunday. Rathan-Mayes garnered some attention heading into this meeting, starting at the two-guard spot in his homecoming game north of the border.
After a competitive first quarter that had the 905 down by just three points, the Knicks poured in 34 second quarter points to take a 12-point lead heading into halftime. The 905 responded coming out of half, starting the third quarter on a 16-4 run to tie the game at 65 and would later take the lead by the end of the third, 83-81.
The Atlantic division rivals went back and forth until the final possession when the Knicks put the ball in Burke’s hands to tie the game. Burke had a decent look with Lorenzo Brown there for the contest, but the shot was off the mark, giving the 905 the 112-109 victory.
“I think guys are finding ways to execute,” 905 head coach Jerry Stackhouse said. “That’s huge for a young team that we have.”
Despite missing two key free throws and the final shot at the buzzer, Burke finished the game with 24 points, while Rathan-Mayes finished with a double-double with 12 points and a game high 14 assists. Big man Luke Kornet also chipped in with 24 points and Nigel Hayes tallied 20 points.
905 starting point guard, Lorenzo Brown, led all scorers with 29 points, including eight in the final quarter.
“The guys trust in me to make big plays towards the end and I put it upon myself to do that,” Brown said.
Through the first four games of the season, Brown is leading the team in scoring with 19.8 points per game as the starting point guard.
“I want him to be able to use his ability to get to the paint, use his ability to score, and I want him to take care of the ball,” Stackhouse said.
Bruno Caboclo was also one of five 905 players to finish in double figures as he tallied his first double-double of the season with 21 points and 10 boards. This was also Caboclo’s second straight game finishing with 20 or more points.
After starting the season with three straight wins, the Knicks have dropped their last three games, falling back to .500 with a 3-3 record. The 905 move one game above .500 with this win, keeping them undefeated in division games and at home. They will remain at home for four more games with the Lakeland Magic in town this Saturday.