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Toronto Raptors

On This Date: Toronto Raptors make playoff debut in loss to New York Knicks

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Raptors vs. Knicks (NBA Getty Images)

On April 23, 2000, the Toronto Raptors made their postseason debut.

The game took place at New York's Madison Square Garden, as the Knicks (50-32) finished the regular season with a better record than the Raptors (45-37). The Raptors didn't get off to the start they were looking for - the Knicks outscored them 27-12 in the opening quarter - but they played them close the rest of the way, eventually losing by a final score of 92-88.

Tracy McGrady led the Raptors in their comeback attempt with 25 points (9-21 FG), 10 rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block. Vince Carter, meanwhile, struggled with 16 points on 3-for-20 shooting from the field.

"Vince was just overexcited," McGrady said afterwards. "He wasn't relaxed. We were caught up in the hype of it being our first playoff game."

Carter agreed, telling the media that he was "overexcited" and wasn't his "normal self."

For the Knicks, Latrell Sprewell and Allan Houston each scored 21 points. New York also got solid outings from Larry Johnson (15 points, six rebounds) and Patrick Ewing (15 points, nine rebounds) in the frontcourt.

The Knicks would go on to win the next two games to sweep their way into the second round, where would take down the Miami Heat in seven hard-fought games. The Raptors would have to wait until the following season to win the franchise's first-ever playoff game, doing so against the Knicks in New York.

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