Kyle Lowry knows what Rudy Gay is capable of in the clutch.
He has seen it plenty of times already in Gay’s short tenure in a Toronto uniform, not to mention the times in Memphis before that and in countless highlight reels.
But when it became apparent that Gay would not be given room to breathe, let alone get a shot off in the late going, Lowry put it on himself to win it.
With Tyson Chandler, a guy who has 13 inches on Lowry hounding him all the way to the basket, Lowry somehow got a floater up and over the Knicks centre, who just happens to be one of the better shot blockers in the league, and got it to fall with 28 seconds remaining in a tied game.
It was by no means over at that point and Lowry’s work, it turned out, was not over.
Following an inadvertent foul on Chandler at the other end that proved to be fortuitous when Chandler blew the first of two free throws, to leave the Raps up one.
Rudy Gay then managed just one of his two at the other end as the Knicks sent him to the line.
Needing a three to tie the game and with just eight seconds on the clock, Lowry who got up and into a red-hot Carmelo Anthony denying the perennial all-star a clean shot at a potential tying three. The attempt instead hit iron and fell into the waiting arms of Gay which pretty much sealed a 100-98 Raptors win.
“Kyle is a gamer,” Gay said. “The stats might not always show it but at the end of the game, you know, he’s going to do all he can to try and win a game.”
But while Gay was trying to give the lion’s share of the credit to Lowry, head coach Dwane Casey wasn’t about to let his newest Raptors’ second half line go unnoticed.
Raptors get two-point win over Knicks
Toronto Sun | Feb 23