Now it's a Thanksgiving race.
The numbers for the third quarter were amazing as the Knicks scored a team record of 28 points in a row in a 108-100 loss to the Raptors after playing one of the best quarters in the history of the franchise: 41- 10 masterpiece of the third quarter – before another bustling garden crowd on Wednesday night.
Tim Hardaway Jr. exploded for a career high of 38 points, grabbing seven rebounds and adding seven badists.
Oh, the Knicks won "revenge" on the Raptors, since they predicted to enter the game after losing by 23 in Toronto on Friday.
Surprisingly, they started the third on a 32-3 spree in one of the fiercest rooms in their history.
The Raptors did not have a field goal until 3:00 left in the period, failing their first 13 shots. The 28-0 streak is the largest verified streak of consecutive points scored in Knicks history, dating back to the 1991-92 season when statistics began to break, breaking a record of 24 consecutive in 2003.
] The third quarter turned into 11 – part-time deficit point in a giant bulge of 20 points after the bell rang, 89-69. The Raptors shot 1 of 16 in the fourth with five turnovers, while the Knicks were 15 of 23 with four steals.
The differential of 21 points in the third was also the largest in the history of the Knicks in a third quarter.
It was not even a room dominated by Kristaps Porzingis. Courtney Lee and Hardaway were the initiators of the fastbreak, with Enes Kanter helping the defense, protecting the hoop.
Hardaway had a dozen of his personal records in the third. Lee was fantastic with 11 of his 15 points. He also had two steals, three rebounds and two badists in the quarter. Porzingis added a pair of free throws and a lot of defense, but he came alive with 10 of his 22 points in the final period, when the Raptors escaped.
It seemed that the Knicks were in a counterattack and shooting down the entire period, with Hardway and Lee a blur and the fans in a permanent frenzy. Kanter made a block in a Kyle Lowry drive that drove the crowd crazy. Toronto coach Dwane Casey called for two wait times that did nothing to calm the Knicks' ferocity. They got a big ovation in the last minute of the fourth.
DeMar DeRozan escaped to the basket by a driving tray with a second remaining in the second quarter to send the Raptors to a 59-48 lead at halftime. DeRozan scored 18 for intermediate, 11 in the first quarter. The Raptors killed the Knicks from the three-point line, converting 10 from 23.
DeRozan's undisputed breakthrough was a fitting conclusion for the first half that saw the Knicks go back on defense.
It was not a good chance for Jarrett Jack, who did not have an badist, fired 1-for-5 and committed two turnovers. Porzingis had a big early block in DeRozan that caused his top speed to be eliminated by Lee.
Kanter also had an emphatic overture against extraordinary defender Serge Ibaka, his former teammate in Oklahoma City, but the highlights were sparse until the third quarter he took charge of the night.