DeRozan scores 23, Raptors rout Knicks 106-89
TORONTO (AP) -- DeMar DeRozan scored 23 points, Tyler Hansbrough added a season-high 18 and the Toronto Raptors won for the third time in four games, beating the New York Knicks 106-89 on Sunday afternoon.
Jonas Valanciunas had 17 points and 10 rebounds, Lou Williams scored 13 and Greivis Vasquez had 12.
Lance Thomas scored 24 points and former Raptor Andrea Bargnani had 16 for the Knicks, who dropped their third straight and lost for the 10th time in 12 games.
Toronto point guard Kyle Lowry, who dressed but did not play in Friday's loss at Chicago, was inactive because of a sore back suffered in a fall against Minnesota last Wednesday. Vasquez made his second straight start in Lowry's place.
New York guard Alexey Shved, who came in averaging 22.0 points in his previous three games, suffered bruised ribs in a collision with Toronto's James Johnson in the first half and was unable to return. Shane Larkin replaced Shved to start the third quarter. Shved finished with nine points in 17 minutes.
The Knicks also lost rookie Travis Wear to a sore back in the fourth.
Leading 78-72, Toronto put the game away with a 12-0 run early in the final quarter. Terrence Ross started it with a three-point play, Hansbrough made a pair of free throws, Williams hit a floater before adding three from the line, and Johnson capped the spurt with a reverse layup.
DeRozan scored 10 points in the first, including a pair of one-handed dunks, as the Raptors led 27-23 after one.
Hansbrough scored nine points as Toronto pulled away with a 20-8 spurt to begin the second. DeRozan's only basket of the quarter was a buzzer-beating jump shot that gave the Raptors a 56-41 lead at halftime.
Thomas scored nine points in the third, five of them during a 9-2 run to begin the quarter, as New York brought the deficit back to single digits. The Knicks trailed 74-66 heading to the fourth.
Knicks: Tim Hardaway Jr. (right wrist) and Cleanthony Early (left ankle) sat for the fourth straight game. ... G Ricky Ledo, who signed a 10-day contract last week, made his Knicks debut. ... New York hasn't won the season series with Toronto since 2010-2011.
Raptors: Hansbrough's previous high was 12, set against Oklahoma City on Nov. 4. ... DeRozan, who played for the US team that won gold at the 2014 FIBA World Cup, received his championship ring in a pregame ceremony. ... Toronto is 11-2 against Atlantic Division opponents.
Knicks: Host Grizzlies on Monday night.
Raptors: Visit Pistons on Tuesday night.