No Kyle Lowry, no problem. The Toronto Raptors still got a guy named DeMar Derozan.
Derozan made a turnaround jumper with 1.9 seconds remaining, finishing with 37 points and leading the Raptors to a 92-91 victory over the New York Knicks on Monday night.
The Raptors won their fourth in a row, doing it with DeRozan and defense after learning earlier in the day that Lowry will have right wrist surgery that could sideline him the rest of the regular season.
Carmelo Anthony scored 24 points for the Knicks, but finished a 9-for-26 night when he missed a long jumper as time expired.
Newcomers Serge Ibaka and P.J. Tucker were on the floor down the stretch as the Raptors clawed back from a 17-point, first-half deficit. Ibaka finished with 15 points.
Toronto moved percentage points ahead of Washington for third place in the Eastern Conference. The Raptors host the Wizards on Wednesday.
Derrick Rose and Courtney Lee each scored 16 points for the Knicks, who waived Brandon Jennings on Monday and learned Joakim Noah will have knee surgery that will knock him out for at least three weeks.
The Knicks led by 17 in the first half and 53-40 at halftime, but the Raptors limited them to 14 points in the third quarter to pull to 67-63. Toronto then got the first eight points of the fourth against the Knicks’ stagnant second unit, taking a 71-67 lead and forcing Anthony and Rose to re-enter with 9:25 remaining.
It went back and forth from there, with Lee’s 3-pointer giving the Knicks a 92-91 lead with 10.6 seconds to play. But the Raptors got the ball to DeRozan, who spun left and launched his jumper while falling away.