On Sunday afternoon, a depleted New York Knicks suffered another loss at the hands of a superior opponent. This time around it was the playoff-bound Toronto Raptors. Even though Toronto is already in the NBA Playoff picture, the team continues to play for a shot at a high seed when the postseason rolls around. In today's action, their top star once again had a performance of 30 points or more to continue etching his name in the history books for the franchise. Here's a look at how the Toronto Raptors topped New York 110-97 on Sunday.

Toronto's backcourt shines in win

DeMar DeRozan continued his scoring prowess on Sunday afternoon, finishing with 35 points for the day.

DeRozan shot 11-for-15 from the field and hit 13-of-15 free throws to help his team in the win. His backcourt mate Kyle Lowry is also back and playing well. He finished with 17 points and 11 assists for the double-double performance. Toronto shot 52.6 percent for the game and out-rebounded New York 40-36 for the day.

As for the NY Knicks, fans already know the deal. The team is already eliminated from the postseason, and several of their key players are either out for surgery, injuries, or rest. Among them are former NBA MVP Derrick Rose and big man Joakim Noah. Both players are out of action for the rest of the season due to surgery or rehab.

NBA All-Star Carmelo Anthony was also out of action today due to a sore left knee.

Whether or not Melo will be a part of this team for next season remains to be seen. Leading the way without Noah was the beneficiary of his absence, Willie Hernangomez. The Knicks' new starter had 24 points and 11 boards in the losing effort. Guard Ron Baker also got 38 minutes of game time, finishing with 11 points, eight assists, and eight rebounds for a near triple-double.

NBA standings & what's next

Today's win puts Toronto at 50-31 for the season with a game left on the schedule. A loss might make things interesting with Washington 1.5 games behind them for the No. 3 spot. The Raptors also are 1.5 games behind Boston for the No. 2 spot. Next up, Toronto takes on the Cavaliers in Cleveland on Wednesday night starting at 8 p.m.

Eastern Time.

The Knicks will be a part of the NBA Draft in June. As of right now, mock draft speculation lists this team as possibly getting the No. 6 pick which could land them a point guard in the form of Kentucky's De'Aaron Fox, Malik Monk, or NC State's Dennis Smith. The New York Knicks (30-51) get a chance for a win on Wednesday night when they host the Philadelphia 76ers at 8 p.m. Eastern Time.

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