Raptors star Kawhi Leonard shows love for the NY fans

Marc Gasol meets up with Nick Nurse following his trade from the Memphis Grizzlies. More

Marc Gasol meets up with Nick Nurse following his trade from the Memphis Grizzlies. More

They also tied the game three times early in the fourth quarter before Robinson's old-fashioned three-point play gave them an 86-85 lead - their first since a 38-36 advantage with 3:48 left in the second quarter. "You throw it to him and there is cutting going on, there is flow to the offense".

Gasol is averaging 15.7 points, 8.6 rebounds, 4.7 assists, 1.2 blocks, and 1.1 steals in 53 appearances this season.

NY has lost 29 of its last 31.

After Leonard opened the game with a 3-pointer, the Knicks scored the next 14 points.

He talked about the vivacious Garden crowd, which cheered him during pregame intros after which he had an off night - shooting 4-of-15 for 11 points in a 104-99 Raptors win.

In other roster news, Kawhi Leonard is expected to play vs. the Knicks.

"Once Masai (Ujiri) called and I talked to some of the guys in (the locker room), everybody said the same thing about making a run to the title".

Leonard spent some time in the NY area a year ago away from the Spurs while rehabbing.

"They still come out and support the team even with a losing record", Leonard said, according to the Associated Press. "That's what you want from an organization that you're playing for".

Marc Gasol, playing his first game for the Raptors since he was acquired from the Memphis Grizzlies on Thursday, scored seven points and pulled down six rebounds in 19 minutes as a reserve.

"He probably brings to this team something which they never had, a type of player who never was on this team", Scariolo said.

Following their matchup with the Knicks, Toronto will be back in action Monday at home against the Brooklyn Nets.

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