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Raptors 113, Knicks 88: Scenes from the birth of the Luke Kornet legend

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Luke!

NBA: New York Knicks at Toronto Raptors Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

Years from now, as Luke Kornet steps to the podium in Springfield and delivers his Hall of Fame acceptance speech, you’ll tell your children that you witnessed his NBA debut. You won’t talk about the game itself—a 113-88 ass-whooping at the hands of the Toronto Raptors. But you’ll remember Kornet, that goofy 7-footer, blocking shots, stroking threes and hitting the boards with a vengeance.

Kornet paced the Knicks with a 11-point, 10-rebound double-double, knocking own 3 triples and adding 4 blocks to the mix.

Reed. Ewing. Kornet.

As for the rest of the game, the Raptors’ starters half-assed their way through most of the contest, isolating and chucking threes willy-nilly, until their much-heralded bench mob annihilated the Knicks in the second half.

Michael Beasley led the Knicks in scoring with 21 points. Methinks this won’t be the last time I make this statement. Tim Hardaway Jr. was abysmal, shooting 4-14 for just 9 points.

Recap to come. Kornet forever.