Tim Hardaway Jr. explodes for 38 points in Knicks' Thanksgiving Eve win

Nov 22 2017 New York NY USA New York Knicks forward Tim Hardaway Jr. drives to the basket past Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

It was a quarter for the ages.

There was little doubt that the third quarter Wednesday was the best the Knicks have played all season - and maybe in about four years - as they ran off a 28-0 burst, the longest streak in team history, and outscored the Toronto Raptors, 41-10.

The Knicks erased an 11-point halftime deficit with an array of offensive and defensive delights that brought the crowd to its feet. "Sometimes the other team is better than you in one quarter. They are aggressive and physical and they have great scorers". No worries! They ended it leading 89-69. The Raptors' offense had gone cold.

In his lat 5 games Hardaway is averaging 23.6 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 4.8 assists.

Tim Hardaway Jr. took scoring honors with 38, but at the outset of the big splurge was Lee.

"They did a great job of making shots and then they crashed the boards", Lowry said. "But we exchanged words and we went from there". "We feed off their energy". He's putting up 27.6 points, 7.1 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game.

Hornacek was unhappy with the team's effort on defense, and unleashed what is said to have been an explicit-laden rant at his players-particularly shooting guard Courtney Lee. I don't think I can repeat what (Hornacek) said, to the media. "It's a little insane".

Hey, Jack is 34 but you get the idea.

The third quarter started innocently enough with a jumper by Lee. The Knicks scored the next 28 points. 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. Hardaway layup. Lee reverse layup. Two more Hardaway free throws.

Early in the 2017-18 National Basketball Association regular season, the Knicks have presented fans with new reasons for optimism.

Toronto took control early behind DeRozan's 11 first-quarter points, shooting 50 percent from the field and 43 percent from 3-point range in the first quarter and 10 of 20 in the second quarter while holding the Knicks to 43 percent first-half shooting.

That free-flowing conversation led to a historic win Wednesday. It turned out to be anything but.

Said Tim Hardaway Jr.: "Just a lot of us guys just coming in at halftime and letting it be known that we can't make mistakes like that on defense. If you play hard and buy into playing together as a team and not worry about stats, not worrying about what you're going to do, just figure out what you're going to do to help the team win things usually turn out pretty well". They really got after us.

"We came in here, we watched film and Coach kind of got on me".

Anthony Rieber covers baseball, as well as the NFL, NBA and National Hockey League, for the sports department. "They were great. That's effort". He has worked at Newsday since August 31, 1998, and has been in his current position since July 5, 2004.

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