Sunday, March 1, 2015

Knicks pay tribute to Anthony Mason before and during win over Raptors (VIDEO)

The sudden death of Anthony Mason on Saturday came just hours before the Knicks’ game against the Toronto Raptors, leaving a somber atmosphere permeating around Madison Square Garden and throughout the NBA.

Before Saturday's tip-off there was a pregame moment of silence and a video tribute to honor Mason’s memory during the first quarter.

“A product of the city streets, he carried the hopes and dreams of his native city through one of the greatest periods in Knicks history,” the PA announcer said of the Queens product.

Mason died early Saturday at age 48 after suffering a massive heart attack last month, and he wasn't forgotten by fans at the Garden. During a halftime interview on MSG Network, Knicks guard, Tim Hardaway Jr., whose father played with Mason for a season on the Miami Heat, dedicated the game’s remaining two quarters to Mason’s memory.

The Knicks then went on to a gutsy, Mason-like upset of the Atlantic Division-leading Raptors, 103-98 — just like "Big Mase" would have done it.

That was the best tribute of all.

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