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- For the Knicks, rookie guard Andy Rautins is inactive for the first time this season. The decision comes on the night Andy’s father, Leo, is here as a TV analyst with the Raptors. Asked if the Knicks had considered sending the former Syracuse standout to the NBA D-League, head coach Mike D’Antoni said, “It’s something that we could do. We’re not inclined to do it, I don’t think.”
- Kelenna Azubuike (left knee) remains inactive for the Knicks. D’Antoni said he was OK, but “not able to go sideways.”
- Forward Amir Johnson had 22 points and 16 rebounds for Toronto when the teams met Dec. 5. “He had a good game,” D’Antoni said. “There’s nothing he can’t do.”
- The Knicks are riding a five-game winning streak and have won 10 of 11. “Tonight’s one out of a bunch we need to get to make the playoffs,” D’Antoni said.
– Adam Zagoria