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New York Knicks dominate slumping Toronto Raptors, 145-101

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The New York Knicks cruised to a convincing 145-101 victory over the slumping Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night (Thursday, March 28, Philippine time) marking their largest margin of victory this season. 

Miles McBride led the charge with a career-high 29 points, while Mitchell Robinson made a triumphant return from injury, adding eight points in his first game back after a 50-game absence.

McBride was unstoppable from the get-go, matching his career-high with 29 points, including a scintillating performance in the first quarter where he drained six 3-pointers, tying a Knicks record for most threes in a quarter. His hot shooting set the tone for New York’s offensive onslaught, as they finished the game with a season-high 22 made threes.

Meanwhile, Brunson provided steady production throughout the game, contributing 26 points to complement McBride’s scoring outburst. Their dynamic backcourt duo proved too much for the struggling Raptors to handle, as the Knicks never trailed and built a commanding lead early on.

Center Mitchell Robinson made his much-anticipated return to the court after a 50-game absence due to a left ankle injury. Robinson’s presence provided a major boost for New York, as the 7-footer showcased his defensive prowess with two blocks and contributed eight points off the bench.

Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau praised Robinson’s performance, highlighting his impact on both ends of the floor. Thibodeau said he liked the way Robinson moved, confident he would get better each day.

Robinson’s return injected a renewed sense of energy and optimism into the Knicks, who have now won seven of their last eight games and swept the four-game season series against the Raptors.

Despite a valiant effort from Gradey Dick, who scored a career-high 23 points for the Raptors, and solid contributions from Gary Trent Jr., Toronto was unable to overcome New York’s relentless offensive barrage. The Raptors suffered their 12th consecutive loss, falling to 1-13 against Atlantic Division opponents this season.

The defeat marked a historic low for the Raptors, as the 44-point margin of defeat represented their largest home loss in franchise history.

Injuries continued to plague both teams, with the Raptors missing key starters like RJ Barrett, Immanuel Quickley, Scottie Barnes, and Jakob Poeltl. Additionally, Toronto guard Ochai Agbaji was forced to exit the game early due to a right hip contusion, further depleting the Raptors’ roster.

As the season progresses, the Knicks will look to build on their momentum and continue their climb up the Eastern Conference standings. With players like McBride and Robinson making significant contributions, New York appears poised to make a push for playoff contention in the remaining games of the season.

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