12 PLAYS OF CHRISTMAS: NUMBER 5

ALLAN HOUSTON’S THREE-POINT PLAY PUTS GAME ON ICE (2001)

No. 5 – The Raptors paid a visit to The Garden on Christmas Day in 2001, the first game between the two teams since the Raptors eliminated the Knicks in the postseason the season prior. The Knicks jumped out to a 20-point lead in the first quarter, but the Raptors kept chipping away and cut the deficit to one point with just over three minutes remaining. Then, Allan Houston stepped up. Houston, who scored a game-high 34 points, drove strong to the hole and got a friendly roll and the foul. He made the free-throw to give the Knicks a four point lead as they held on for a 102-94 victory.

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