The Knicks, eventually, will figure out how to finish games against a quality opponent. But Sunday night was another missed opportunity because of too many misses and mistakes.
With a chance to beat the Atlantic Division-leading Raptors, Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks couldn't connect. They missed 7 of 8 shots in overtime and had a costly turnover, leading to a 95-90 defeat to Toronto at the Garden.
Anthony led the Knicks (5-21) with 34 points, but he was 0-for-3 in the extra period with a turnover. He shot 11-for-24. The Knicks shot 37.2 percent, committed 25 turnovers and lost for the 11th time in 12 games.
Terrence Ross had 22 for the Raptors (18-6) and Kyle Lowry 21.
The Knicks were without Iman Shumpert because of a dislocated left shoulder. J.R. Smith was penciled in to start despite a partial tear of his left plantar fascia, but he was limited during a pregame workout and couldn't play.
Tim Hardaway Jr., who started at shooting guard, came down hard on his leg on a drive to the basket in the third quarter. He was hobbling and left the game but eventually returned and finished with 18 points.
In the overtime, the Raptors took a 91-87 lead on a Lowry jumper with 3:33 to go. It stayed that way until Amar'e Stoudemire's foul shot with 2:18 left. Lowry then hit a tough baseline fadeaway to put Toronto up five.
Anthony missed two three-pointers on the next possession, leading to an Amir Johnson layup to make it 95-88 with 1:05 left.
Following a timeout, the Knicks had a five-second violation because they couldn't inbound the ball. The Knicks' only basket in the overtime was a Hardaway layup with 5.2 seconds remaining.
In regulation, Ross hit a jump shot with 2:38 left that gave the Raptors an 86-84 lead. The Knicks had four different opportunities to tie it but their next four possessions went this way: Stoudemire turnover, Calderon missed jumper and two straight Anthony misses.
After Anthony's second miss with 37.9 seconds left, the ball went out of bounds off the Raptors. It was close, but the officials reviewed it and said it was Knicks' ball. This time, Anthony came through, driving to the basket to tie the game at 86 with 28.7 seconds left.
On the ensuing possession, Lou Williams missed a three-pointer but Patrick Patterson got the offensive rebound and the Raptors called timeout with 2.7 seconds remaining. Lowry got the inbounds and had a chance to win it. He drove and his off-balance fadeaway from the baseline didn't hit the rim.
Anthony scored 15 consecutive Knicks points spanning the third and fourth quarters. Shane Larkin ended the run -- with Anthony on the bench -- with a three-pointer that made it 74-all with 9:21 remaining.
Later in the fourth, with the Knicks down 80-79, they misfired on four chances to take the lead. Larkin missed a floater in the lane and Anthony an open three-pointer on the same possession. Following a stop, Calderon couldn't convert on a three and Hardaway missed a layup.
Lowry made four foul shots on the Raptors' next two trips to make it 84-79. The Knicks ended an 0-for-6 drought on their next time up the court as Stoudemire threw down a Calderon feed.
Anthony connected on a three on the ensuing trip to tie it at 84 with 2:54 left.