Leonard shot 4-of-15 for 11 points in a 104-99 Raptors win. "We're going to get there", Leonard added. Mitchell Robinson scored 15 points, Kadeem Allen added 14 points and Dennis Smith Jr. chipped in with 13 points and six assists for NY, which has the worst record in the National Basketball Association (10-45) and has dropped 24 of 25 and 29 of its last 31 games. Danny Green scored 14 points and sank three straight 3-pointers in the fourth for Toronto.
Gasol posted averages of 15.7 points, 8.6 rebounds, 4.7 assists, 1.2 blocks and 1.1 steals in 53 games for the Grizzlies this season.
NY closed to 91-90 on a 3-pointer from Kadeem Allen with 5 minutes left.More news: Republicans mock Green New Deal: 'It's loony'
After Leonard opened the game with a 3-pointer, the Knicks scored the next 14 points.
NY has enough room in its salary cap to sign two free agents to max contracts, but the low-key Raptors star, who will also be courted by a couple of other teams this summers, was quick to squash any potential free agency rumors in his first visit of the season to Madison Square Garden.
Leonard has a local tie - his uncle is from South Orange, N.J., where he spent part of last season holed up, seeing doctors when he still played for San Antonio.More news: Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 chipset will power your next flagship phone
"Once Masai (Ujiri) called and I talked to some of the guys in (the locker room), everybody said the same thing about making a run to the title".
"They still come out and support the team even with a losing record", Leonard said.
Gasol is no stranger to the postseason, appearing in 59 playoff games with the Grizzlies. "That's what you want from an organization that you're playing for".More news: Grammys Producer Ken Ehrlich Responds to Ariana Grande: "It Was a Surprise"