NEW YORK – Obi Toppin and Immanuel Quickley wanted to end the disappointing season of the New York Knicks.
They finished it off with the best games of their career.
Toppin scored a record 42 points, Quickley had 34 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds, and the Knicks beat the Toronto Raptors 105-94 on Sunday night.
The Knicks finished 37-45 after reaching the playoffs last season, but second-year players Toppin and Quickley finished at a high level. Quickley had the most points and assists of his career and tied for his best dinner on the board.
“It’s crazy because me and Quick rode together and said to do something special,” said Toppin, who averaged 27 points and six rebounds in the last five games of the season he started instead of Julius Randle. “He and I were literally in the car we were driving here and said we were going to do it. Having the opportunity to do what we did today was amazing.”
Quickley didn’t want to be left behind by the feat of his close friend and became the youngest player in Knicks history to score a 30-point triple-double.
“He said, ‘I’m going crazy soon,’ and I said, ‘I’m going crazy, too,'” Spitz said. “He didn’t say things like that at the beginning of the season. So for him to come in before the game and say things like that, then I know Obi feels a little bit.”
Quickley’s second triple-double was on April 3 in Orlando. He had 20 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.
Alec Burks added 10 points for the Knicks, who trained only eight players. They have won their last two games and seven out of 10.
Toronto withstood Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet in their last game of the regular season before the game of the first round of the playoffs with fourth seed Philadelphia.
Chris Boucher scored 21 points and Gary Trent Jr. he added 17 for the Raptors, who broke a three-game winning streak.
“I think this is a good match for us, but honestly, I’m happy to be in the playoffs … especially because of the way we started the year,” Boucher said.
Raptors coach Nick Nurse, who has not coached because of the weather conditions, said before the game that his team is ready to compete when the playoffs begin next weekend after being selected to finish at the bottom of the Eastern Conference in the preseason.
“I expected to sit here,” he said. “When we started the season and everyone picked us 11th, I thought, ‘No way, this is a playoff team. This is a playoff team. We’re not that bad. We’re a playoff team.’
The Knicks were three points behind at the start of the fourth quarter before embarking on a 9-0 run and retreating.
Toppin, who won a dunk competition over the weekend in the NBA All-Star Game in February, honored the crowd at Madison Square Garden with a 1:36 strikeout in the regular season and was later fouled in an attempt with 3 points ahead from the Toronto bench before hitting every three free throws and increasing the lead to 105-92.
New York moved quickly, leading 11-2 in just over two minutes and closed the opening period with a 31-22 lead, led by Topin with 12 points.
Toppin closed the half with a three-pointer and brought the Knicks to a 53-48 lead.
Raptors: Malaki Flynn scored 10 points.
Knicks: RJ Barrett (right knee sprain), Mitchell Robinson, Quentin Grimes and Miles McBride stayed out of the season finale.
Knicks president Leon Rose, who has spent the entire season without speaking publicly, called the team’s season a disappointment during an interview on MSG Network that aired before Sunday’s announcement.
New York finished 11th in the Eastern Conference a year after reaching the playoffs and losing to Atlanta in the first round.
“I feel like this has been a disappointing season in terms of wins and losses,” said the former agent who became the league’s executive director. “And we will take a good look at it after the season to assess everything that is happening. … In the first year, things jumped. This year, things haven’t gone well since the beginning. We faced adversity. We had a few difficult stocks. “