Raymond Felton’s shot bounced on the rim so long that he had time for a prayer.
Not that it was needed. Had it missed, Amare Stoudemire said he would have put the rebound in.
The way he and the New York Knicks are rolling, who would doubt him?
Felton’s tiebreaking 3-pointer bounced on the rim five times and finally went in with 2.7 seconds left, giving the Knicks a 113-110 victory over the Toronto Raptors last night at Madison Square Garden that extended their winning streak to six.
“It was bouncing and bouncing. I was praying, praying, praying,’’ Felton said.
Stoudemire extended his 30-point streak to six games in sensational fashion, scoring 18 of his 34 points in the fourth quarter and grabbing 14 rebounds. His jumper gave New York a 110-107 lead with 57 seconds remaining and sparked “MVP!’’ chants at the Garden.
But after Andrea Bargnani tied it with a 3, Felton launched his 3 that also hit the backboard once after Stoudemire couldn’t get free. The point guard finished with 28 points and 11 assists, scoring 20 in the first half to carry the Knicks before Stoudemire got going.
“Those two guys are unbelievable, willing us to win,’’ Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni said. “Whatever phase you want to talk about, they’re doing.’’
Bargnani had a career-high 41 points, but wasn’t close on a desperation 3 just before the buzzer in the Raptors’ third straight loss.
Danilo Gallinari scored 20 for the Knicks, who have won 11 of 12 and improved to 14-9, their best mark since finishing the 2000-01 season 48-34.
Heat 111, Jazz 98 — LeBron James scored 33 points, Dwyane Wade added 28, and visiting Miami outscored Utah by 14 in the fourth quarter to pull away to its sixth straight victory. Al Jefferson scored 25 points and all five Jazz starters were in double figures by the start of the fourth. But it wasn’t enough as the Heat pulled away with a 12-3 run to start the quarter.
The victory avenged a 116-114 overtime loss to Utah at home Nov. 9 in which Paul Millsap scored a career-high 46 for the Jazz.
Spurs 111, Warriors 94 — Tony Parker had 19 points and nine assists as host San Antonio rolled to victory and set a franchise record for best start to a season. DeJuan Blair added 15 points and 13 rebounds for the Spurs (18-3), who have won their last 25 games against the Warriors.
Bulls 88, Cavaliers 83 — Derrick Rose scored 29 points, including a three-point play that put Chicago ahead for good with 39.2 seconds to play, as visiting Chicago handed Cleveland its sixth straight loss. The losing streak matches Cleveland’s longest since it dropped six in a row from Nov. 28 to Dec. 8, 2007.
Cleveland coach Byron Scott shuffled his lineup in an effort to stop the skid. The Cavs’ previous five losses were by an average of 22 points, after which Scott questioned his team’s effort.
“We played hard for 48 minutes,’’ he said last night. “If we play hard like that, I can live with that.’’
Lakers 87, Clippers 86 — Derek Fisher hit a layup at the buzzer to give the Lakers the victory after they trailed for most of the second half. Kobe Bryant had 24 points and Pau Gasol added 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Thunder 111, Timberwolves 103 — Kevin Durant scored 30 points, including 20 in the second half, and grabbed 11 rebounds as visiting Oklahoma City rallied from a 19-point deficit to win.
Russell Westbrook added 25 points and eight assists as the Thunder improved to 11-1 this season in games decided by 7 points or fewer.
Kevin Love posted his eighth straight double-double with 22 points and 21 rebounds for Minnesota, giving him five of the NBA’s 10 20-20 efforts this season.
Hornets 93, Pistons 74 — David West scored 25 points, Chris Paul had 14 assists, and host New Orleans won its first game since the NBA announced its impending takeover of the club. West had 23 in the first three quarters as the Hornets built a commanding lead that was never threatened in the final period by Detroit.
Bucks 97, Pacers 95 — Andrew Bogut tipped in an inbounds pass from Luc Richard Mbah a Moute as time expired to lift host Milwaukee. With 0.5 seconds left, Mbah a Moute made a perfect pass that just missed the rim, but allowed Bogut to deflect it in for the winning points. Bogut finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds.
Grizzlies 104, Suns 98 — Zach Randolph scored a season-high 34 points, Rudy Gay had 22, and visiting Memphis rallied to win in overtime.
Kings 116, Wizards 91 — Beno Udrih scored 23 points, Jason Thompson had 22 points and 14 rebounds, and host Sacramento snapped an eight-game losing streak. Wizards rookie John Wall sat out because of a sore foot.