The New York Knicks defeated the playoff bound Toronto Raptors to keep their slim playoff hopes alive. Unfortunately the Brooklyn Nets did the Knicks no favors by losing at home to the Atlanta Hawks, who now hold a two game lead in the race for the 8th and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

The Sixers came close to pulling off the upset in Atlanta, but the Hawks eventually took control, making this a must-win for New York’s playoffs hopes. This Knicks team never makes things as easy on themselves as they should be, but eventually, they held up their end of the bargain, beating the Jazz 92-83.

Coming off what might be the nail in the coffin/worst loss of the season against the lowly Los Angeles Lakers, the Knicks exacted some revenge on the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night to pull within two games of the Atlanta Hawks for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot.