On Monday, the NBA celebrated the 75th anniversary of its first game with a duel between the New York Knicks and the Toronto Raptors, which was the same as the game on November 1, 1946.
However, there are many differences. On the one hand, it is not even a Toronto franchise. The team that the Knicks defeated 68-66 that night was the Huskies. They played only one season in the NBA. The game was played in Toronto’s Maple Leaf Garden and there were only 7,090 spectators. Maple Leaf Gardens is now Ryerson’s Matami Sports Center.
New York Knicks and the Toronto Raptors on the anniversary game
OG Anunoby scored a career-high 36 points. The Toronto Raptors won their fourth straight victory by defeating the New York Knicks 113-104 on the 75th anniversary of the NBA’s first game on Monday night. Gary Trent Jr. contributed 26 points for the Raptors, who led the Knicks 38-22 in the third quarter.
Fred VanVleet had 17 points, 9 rebounds, and 7 assists. During Svi Mykhailiuk’s three-pointer to rewrite the score to 68-66, the Raptors have been leading. This is the same as the Knicks beating the Toronto Huskies at Maple Leaf Garden on November 1, 1946. Mykhailiuk replaced Scottie Barnes with 15 points, who led all rookies with 18.1 points and 8.9 rebounds per game. RJ Barrett scored 27 points for the Knicks, who started 6-1 for the first time since the 2012-13 season. Julius Randall had 22 points, 9 rebounds, and 5 assists.
The NBA on Monday
Also on Monday, the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 99-94. Paul George scored 32 points, including 15 points in the final quarter. George also had 9 rebounds and 7 assists, and scored 8 points in a decisive sprint, including a 10-foot long shot with 1:08 remaining in the game, giving Los Angeles a 93-92 lead, which is the first since the beginning of the festival.
Credits: news.cgtn.com, nba.com/news
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