It was a quarter for the ages.
The Knicks erased an 11-point halftime deficit with an array of offensive and defensive delights that brought the crowd to its feet. However, it wasn't all roses in the Knicks locker room at halftime as the Raptors held a 59-48 lead through the first two quarters. No worries! They ended it leading 89-69.
A bad loss in Denver on that same road trip, possibly the worst loss of the year until the Knicks pounced on them Wednesday night, was followed up by a character win in Utah.
According to Blake Murphy of Raptors Republic, Toronto had never been outscored by more than 27 points in a single quarter. They shot 15-for-23 (65.2 percent) in the third, when Tim Hardaway Jr. had 12 points, five rebounds and four assists. Siakam is making his presence felt on the defensive end and blocked three shots in the win over NY while serving as the primary defender against Porzingis, and he added two more blocks and nine rebounds over 31 minutes in Sunday's 100-91 win over the Washington Wizards. Oladipo was the brunt of some jokes about being the player traded for one of the NBA's best. They turned us over.
Notables: Porzingis helped to close the show and finished with 22 points, 12 boards, and three blocked shots.
"A little explicit", Lee added. But that's what this outside game does.
The Thanksgiving turkey probably didn't go down quite as easy, not after a third quarter like the Raptors forged Wednesday night in Manhattan.
"They came out aggressive in the third quarter, and we came out in a funk", DeRozan said. There was no point in sugarcoating this one - after all, it was the best quarter in Knicks history - and the Raptors didn't try.
Powell was the first Raptor off the bench, checking in for Anunoby with about five minutes remaining in the first quarter, and drilled his first three shots - all three-pointers. Enes Kanter posted 11 points and Doug McDermott scored eight. He got to the free throw line 10 times on Wednesday and also had seven assists and six rebounds. Lee jump shot (score tied at 62). The Knicks are winners of nine of 13 since dropping their first three games of the season, and the organization recognizes the difference.
A few months ago, it seemed that the Hardaway signing made Lee expendable. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Knicks' 28-0 run in the third quarter was the largest run by any National Basketball Association team since the Cleveland Cavaliers produced a 29-0 run against the Milwaukee Bucks in December 2009.
ABOUT THE RAPTORS (11-5): Injuries are forcing Toronto to widen the rotation a bit, and younger players like Pascal Siakam and OG Anunoby are finding themselves contributing as starters.
The Knicks lost Friday in Toronto, 107-84, when their last lead in that non-competitive game was 4-2. "We were playing hard in the first half, but Toronto, they're a great team, they had a lot of energy". (Knicks president) Steve Mills did a great job of figuring out how we could get him and what it might take.