The Knicks only outscored the Raptors in one quarter in Wednesday night's game at Madison Square Garden. Fortunately for the Knicks, they outscored the Raptors by 31 points in an incredible 3rd quarter, leading them to a 8 point victory over one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference.
Tim Hardaway Jr.
If there is such a thing as scoring a quiet 38 points, Tim Hardaway Jr. did it against the Raptors. Hardaway scored 19 points in a first half that saw the Knicks trailing by 11 at the break as he seemingly single-handedly kept the Knicks within striking distance. Timmy added another 12 points in the Knicks 41 point 3rd quarter explosion and helped the team close out a shaky 4th quarter with another 9 points down the stretch, setting a new career scoring high. Beyond his scoring Hardaway contributed 8 assists (tied for the team high) and 6 rebounds (tied for 2nd on the team) in a very well rounded effort.
This is a cop-out because McDermott actually had a solid game with 8 points and 6 rebounds, but in a game that saw major swings McDermott just happened to be on the court at the wrong times and finished with a team worst -18 +/- in 26 minutes.
-The Knicks outscored the Raptors 41-10 in the 3rd quarter to take control of the game. Toronto was held to 1 field goal and was outscored in the quarter by both Tim Hardaway Jr. (12 points) and Courtney Lee (11 points).
-Kristaps Porzingis recorded a double-double with 22 points and 12 rebounds to go along with 3 blocks.
-Enes Kanter had an odd game by his standards, tying his season-low with 4 rebounds but setting a new season-high with 5 assists. Kanter also extended his consecutive made free throw streak to 22.
-Lance Thomas seems to be solidifying his spot in the rotation as he was brought in late in the 4th to sure up the Knicks' defense and close out the game.
After perhaps their biggest win of the season the Knicks will look to continue their successful start against the Hawks in Tim Hardaway Jr. return to Atlanta. The Knicks are 1-4 on the road this season but will need to beat the lowly Hawks if they are going to start earning respect around the league as a legitimate playoff team rather than an early season aberration.