WATCH: Instead of playing defense, Tim Hardaway Jr. stops to call fallen referee safe
Hardaway Jr. gave a 'safe' call like he was an umpire in baseball
After the Knicks fell behind by 11 at halftime, they absolutely took over in the third quarter outscoring the Raptors, 41-10, in the frame. They then held off a rally by the Raptors in the fourth to win, 108-100.
In the third quarter, the Knicks rattled off a 28-0 run, which was the largest run by any team since 2009.
While there was plenty to talk about from a basketball perspective, we're here to talk about a non-basketball moment. Specifically, Tim Hardaway Jr. taking a few seconds during live play to pretend to be a baseball umpire.
No, seriously. That was a real thing that happened.
Late in the fourth quarter, Serge Ibaka caught the ball in the corner as one of the refs took a stumble and fell to the ground on the baseline just a few feet in front of Hardaway. The Knicks guard then made the hilarious decision to ignore Ibaka's shot in favor of making a "safe" call like he was an umpire.
What makes it even better is that Ibaka still missed the shot. Maybe Hardaway's safe call was actually more distracting than trying to get a hand up.
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