Published 10:27 p.m. ET November 22, 2017 | Updated 11:13 p.m. ET November 22, 2017
NEW YORK (AP) – An eight-minute period in the third quarter was all that the Knicks needed to turn a double-digit deficit into a insurmountable obstacle lead.
Tim Hardaway Jr. scored a career-best 38 points, including 12 during a 28-0 run in the third that sent New York to a 108-100 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night.
Kristaps Porzingis added 22 points and 12 rebounds for the Knicks, who outscored the Raptors 41-10 in the decisive period.
"At halftime we had some strong words for each other, we talked about things we wanted to do better and we came" In the second half it looks like a different team, "said Porzingis.
Kyle Lowry scored 25 points and DeMar DeRozan had 18 for the Raptors, who had their four-game winning streak.
The Raptors threw 0 for 13 from the field during that stretch, which started with Enes Kanter's layup with 10:28 left and it did not end until CJ Miles hit a 3-pointer with 2:23 left.
"They went out and beat our energy, lack of energy, with their energy, and just put us on our heels," said the Raptors coach. Dwane Casey "We could not make a shot, I put it together short, we lost a couple of trays. They're coming out, they wrote down what, five baskets in a row, and again, you let a team like that get the momentum as hard as they do playing, you get into a hole. "
The Knicks lost 59-48 at halftime and were down 62-52 after Lowry's two free throws with 10:47 left in the third quarter, Kanter added five more points during the race, while Courtney Lee contributed seven of his 15 points.
New York took its biggest lead in 89-69 in the Doug McDermott jump with two seconds remaining in the third quarter.
The Knicks still led by 18 when the Raptors they had a 12-0 run to reduce the deficit to 94-88, but Porzingis converted a three-point play with 5:25 remaining to finish the race and also hit the next cube, and the Knicks saved it shortly after when Hardaway scored a triple.
"I'm just taking what the defense gives me," said Hardaway. "If I see a lane, I'm just penetrating as much as I can and trying to make the correct play in the basket. I'm playing with the great friend (Porzingis). You have to keep him happy. "
Toronto led most of the first half and DeRozan's layup with a second left put the Raptors at halftime.
" They came out aggressive in the third quarter. We went out in a funk, "said DeRozan." We could not make a basket and we could not stop, and they took advantage of that. Happens. It's the NBA. Some teams, some nights, have to go through that. "
Hardaway and Lee each had seven badists.
Raptors: Delon Wright visited the Hospital for Special Surgery on Wednesday. New York and it was decided that no surgery is required at this time.His right shoulder was dislocated against New Orleans on November 15. Wright, who missed his third straight game, is averaging 7.6 points in approximately 21 minutes per game. a schedule for his return.
Knicks: The Knicks have won six games this season in which they have lost by double digits … New York had lost eight consecutive games against the Raptors. series was on November 10, 2015.
CENTURY OF BRANDS
The Knicks are 10-2 when they score at least 100 points this season, they have a 4-0 mark when they have opponents under 100.
DE ROZAN DENIED
DeRozan had scored at least 20 points in 10 consecutive games before dropping two short points on Wednesday.
Raptors: Visit Indiana on Friday.
Knicks: visit Atlanta on Friday.
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