The night began on a somber note with the Knicks honoring late forward Anthony Mason with a moment of silence. But the Garden was anything but silent down the stretch.
The Knicks had the fans cheering, moaning nervously and then cheering again and on their feet after Langston Galloway's three-pointer with 13 seconds left put the game away. They held off Atlantic Division-leading Toronto, 103-98, and ended February on a two-game winning streak.
The Knicks (12-46) followed Friday night's double-overtime win at Detroit with another gritty performance, lifting their home record to 8-21.
"Under the circumstances, it's impressive that a group of guys still decided that tonight was very important to them as a team," Derek Fisher said. "And that they were going to play with some pride and reward our fans that are still coming to support us and stick with us through this.
"They put out an honest effort. That's great to see."
Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 22 points, Andrea Bargnani added 19 and newest Knick Alexey Shved had 15 points and five assists, including the pass that set up Galloway's three-pointer.
The Knicks went ahead 99-92 on Bargnani's jumper with 1:32 left but nearly squandered it. Lou Amundson missed an open dunk and Shved committed a turnover during a 15-second stretch, and the Raptors got within 100-98 with 33.2 seconds left.
But Galloway, who sent Friday night's game into overtime with a three-pointer in the closing seconds, delivered again. "I'm just blessed to be able to step up in these positions," he said.
The Raptors, who sat All-Star guard Kyle Lowry to rest some nagging injuries, dropped their fifth straight game.
Phil on the road. Phil Jackson scouted the Kentucky-Arkansas game Saturday. Kentucky has two potential top-five picks in big men Karl Towns and Willie Cauley-Stein. On Thursday, he attended the Ohio State-Nebraska game to see Buckeyes guard D'Angelo Russell. If the Knicks finish with the NBA's worst record, they are guaranteed a top-four pick in the June draft.
Mase on his mind. The death of Anthony Mason hit home for Hardaway. His father, Tim, spent a lot of time with Mason during Mason's only season with the Heat, and so did Tim Jr.
"I had to call my dad earlier just to make sure he was all right,'' Hardaway Jr. said. "He was hurt a little bit. He said not only himself but a lot of guys around his age that played with him are down right now.''
He called Mason "a kind-hearted person'' and added, "He just treated me like I was one of his.''
Strained Achilles. The Knicks said an MRI on Jose Calderon's left Achilles confirmed a strain. They didn't give a timetable for his return.