TORONTO, April 11 (Xinhua) -- New York Knicks defeated Toronto Raptors 108-100 on Friday to keep their NBA playoff chances alive.
"We competed. I thought it was a grind all game," said Knicks head coach Mike Woodson at Toronto's Air Canada Centre following the game.
"In the fourth quarter when it came to crunch time, we made plays defensively."
With the victory, New York improves their record to 34-45 on the season and ninth place in the Eastern Conference with three games remaining.
Ahead of New York are the Atlanta Hawks, who hold a 36-43 record and a two-game lead with three games remaining.
Atlanta also holds the tie-breaker between the two teams. If both teams finish the season with identical records, Atlanta would be awarded the eighth seed and New York would finish ninth and not advance.
"I never thought we would be in this position. We are going to need a little luck to get in," said Woodson. "In order to do that, we got to do our part by continuing to win."
Since March 5, the Knicks have turned their season record. With a record of 21-40, the Knicks reeled off a 13-5 span (including an eight-game winning-streak) to have a shot at the playoffs.
"We have to hope that Atlanta loses the next three and we win three," said Woodson. "That's the only way we have a shot of getting in."
The road to the post-season will be tough for New York. They finish the season against three playoff teams while Atlanta have an easier schedule.
Knicks finish the season against Chicago, Brooklyn and Toronto while Atlanta faces Miami, Charlotte and Milwaukee.