NBA: Toronto 96, New York 79

March 23, 2012 at 11:02 PM

TORONTO, March 23 (UPI) -- A 30-point effort from DeMar DeRozan and a strong third quarter Friday boosted the Toronto Raptors to a 96-79 triumph over New York.

The Knicks suffered their first loss under interim coach Mike Woodson after having won their first five with Woodson at the helm.

Toronto outscored New York by 14 points in the third period and led by 17 going into the fourth. The Raptors, who put together a 19-2 run in the third, halted a three-game losing streak.

Andrea Bargnani contributed 21 points and Gary Forbes had 19 for the Raptors, who with the win avoided falling into last place in the Atlantic Division.

Amare Stoudemire led New York with 17 points. Steve Novak had 15 and Carmelo Anthony hit just 6-of-15 shots while producing 12 points.

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