The Knicks had just completed a first half that was … gee, what’s the word? Oh, right.

Lousy.

So coach Jeff Hornacek let his gang know, collectively and individually.

“We came in here, watched film and coach kind of got on me,” Courtney Lee said. “I really didn’t like what was being said.”

And what was said?

“We challenged them,” was Hornacek’s polite way of putting it.

“A little explicit. I don’t think I can repeat what he said to the media,” Lee said. “But we exchanged words and we went from there.”

Where they went was a turnaround that went beyond 180. The Knicks put together their greatest run, 28-0, since the statistic was tracked starting in 1991-92. They outscored the Raptors, 41-10, in the third quarter and plowed through to a 108-100 victory Wednesday at the Garden where they still needed to thwart a Toronto comeback.

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

“I thought Courtney got us going in that third quarter,” Hornacek said.

No dispute there. Lee scored 11 points, passed for two assists and grabbed three rebounds in that third quarter on his way to a 15-point night. He set the tone for the second half.