On This Date: Knicks post 28-0 run in 3rd quarter to beat Raptors

November 22nd 2017:  The New York Knicks post 28-0 run in 3rd quarter to defeat the Toronto Raptors 108-100 in MSG 

In a – quite recent – flashback, the Knicks took a 11 point halftime deficit and went on a historic 28-0 run to defeat the Toronto Raptors.  The win put the Knicks at 10-7 to start the season.  According to Ian Begley, the 28-0 run was the longest run – at the time – since 2009.  The Knicks outscored the Raptors 41-10 in the third quarter.During the third quarter, Courtney Lee & Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 11 and 12 points respectively.  THJr also dished 4 assists in the quarter.  In a rare occurrence, Enes Kanter had 2 blocks in the quarter.  Surprisingly, Kristaps Porzingis did not hit a field goal in the quarter and only scored 2 points.  He did, however, end the game with 22 points, 12 rebounds, and 3 blocked shots.

Tim Hardaway Jr’s third quarter propelled him to a career-defining statline of 38 points, 6 rebounds, and 7 assists.  He scored a career high 39 points during the end of last season.

This game marked one of many in the month of November where both Porzingis & Tim Hardaway Jr played well off each other.  There were glimpses of a potential 1-2 scoring combo with above average efficiency and wins.  Unfortunately, Hardaway Jr was sidelined for more than a month a week after the game and Porzingis tore his ACL in early February.  By the time Hardaway Jr returned in January, neither player was able to maintain that efficiency and the losses continued to pile up for the team.

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