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Ex-Knicks lead Toronto past Knicks

John Wallace dunked on his former teammates the first time he touched the ball and went on to score 14 points Sunday night as the Toronto Raptors defeated New York Knicks 98-91 in an exhibition game.

It was New York's first look at Wallace since he was traded to Toronto two weeks ago in a three-way deal that brought backup center Chris Dudley from Portland to New York. What the Knicks saw was a sampling of the offensive talent that inspired them to draft him two summers ago.Wallace hit his first four shots - the dunk on a drive around Charles Oakley and three jumpers with defenders in his face - before missing his next two. His two foul shots midway through the fourth quarter put Toronto in front 84-83, and the Raptors would not trail again.

Wallace finished 5-for-8 from the field and 4-for-4 from the line with five rebounds. He has scored 11, 18, 24, 13 and 14 points in his five exhibition games with Toronto.

Another former Knicks player, Doug Christie, led Toronto with 22 points.

Allan Houston had 22 and Patrick Ewing 21 for New York. John Starks sprained his left ankle early in the second quarter and did not return. X-rays were negative and Starks is listed as day-to-day.

Toronto opened a double-digit lead early in the first half and stayed in front until the fourth quarter. A bad pass by Oakley led to a fast break layup by Damon Staudamire that made it 89-85, and New York followed with a 24-second violation and an offensive foul on its next two possessions.

While New York was botching its chances, Walt Williams and Christie hit 3-pointers that wrapped up the victory.