Toronto With Jalen Rose looking on from the opposing bench in a suit, the Toronto Raptors gave their old teammate a sendoff he would just as soon forget.
Pumped up by a trade just before game time that sent Rose to the Knicks in exchange for Antonio Davis, the Toronto Raptors went out and hammered New York 104-90 before 15,858 at the Air Canada Centre last night.
While Davis, a former Raptor, did not show up for the game, Rose did, but just in street clothes. He was all smiles as he took a seat on the Knicks' bench before the opening tip.
He couldn't have been impressed as the Raptors, 17-30, dominated the lifeless Knicks, their third consecutive National Basketball Association victory. The Knicks, 14-31, have lost 10 of their past 11 games.
The best moment of the game occurred when Morris Peterson launched a halfcourt shot that found the net just as time expired in the first quarter, giving Toronto a 30-17 lead. As the crowd roared its approval, Peterson looked toward a standing Rose at the New York bench and yelled a comment that brought a smile to Rose's face. The Knicks, who were without injured guard Stephon Marbury, could not recover. The best New York could do was pull to 11 points behind, 88-77, with just less than nine minutes left.
But a big three-point shot by Charlie Villanueva, who made his first career start at forward, got the Raptors back on track.
Chris Bosh led the Raptors with 29 points.