Knicks pull away from Raptors late, win 9th straight game
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Julius Randle scored 31 points on 10-17 shooting as the New York Knicks used a strong fourth quarter to defeat the Toronto Raptors 120-103 on Saturday afternoon.

The Knicks extended their win streak to nine games with the victory, the longest stretch the franchise has recorded since 2013.

Randle's play has been a major reason for New York's recent success, with the big man dropping over 30 points per game over the course of the streak. The first-time All-Star is averaging 24 points a night and is now considered a front-runner in the Most Improved Player discussion.

The Knicks had a hot offensive performance overall, shooting 56% from the field and dropping 16 3-pointers at a 52% clip. New York welcomes the Phoenix Suns on Monday night to try and extend the team's win streak to 10.

Meanwhile, the Raptors were outscored 32-20 in the fourth quarter after keeping the game within single digits for a majority of the contest. The Knicks' reserves swarmed Toronto, causing the squad to lose the bench points battle 43-11.

Fred VanVleet and OG Anunoby paced the Raptors with 27 points apiece. Toronto's own four-game win streak came to a close in the loss.

Knicks pull away from Raptors late, win 9th straight game
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