The fifth-placed New York Knicks faced the fourth-placed Atlanta Hawks, winning 137-127 in overtime. Both teams had strong records prior to meeting, with Atlanta winning 9 of their last 11 games.
New York, on the other hand, has won seven straight games and eight of their last ten. Both teams are good on their own, with the Knicks being particularly strong on defense. Although the Hawks have a clear offensive advantage. It was a difficult game to begin with because both teams are solid, and it ended with both teams tying the game in the fourth quarter.
The New York Knicks, on the other hand, rallied in overtime after Atlanta Hawks’ Bogdan Bogdanovic forced it. The Atlanta Hawks got off to a good start, taking a five-point lead in the first quarter, but couldn’t keep it up in the second.
Julius Randle’s Incredible Forty-Point Double-Double!
Julius Randle of the New York Knicks got off to a strong start with his first shot of the night, a step-back three.
Reggie Bullock soon followed suit, hitting his first three triples of the night for the Knicks. The Knicks started the game by shooting 5-of-5 from beyond the arc. The New York Knicks, however, couldn’t keep up the pace any longer in the quarter, committing seven turnovers.
With 3:42 left, the Hawks went on a 14-0 run to take a 30-21 lead. Trae Young of the Atlanta Hawks scored 16 points in the first quarter to help his team to a 39-34 lead.
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Apart from Julius Randle, Derrick Rose got the Knicks off to a good start in the second quarter. In the first quarter, he shot 6-of-6 from the floor. With 7:02 left in the second, the score was tied at 48-48.
In the second quarter, the Knicks trailed the Hawks by 11 points, but Obi Toppin’s slam dunk gave them the lead at 52-50. Randle then hit three-pointers on back-to-back possessions to extend the Knicks’ advantage. He scored 20 points in the first half on 6-of-9 shooting from the field, cutting the Hawks’ five-point lead to two points. Randle also made a driving layup with 8.4 seconds left in the fourth quarter to give the Knicks a 122-119 advantage.
With a three-point shot, Bogdan quickly tied the game at 122, forcing overtime. Randle then ended the game in overtime, giving the Knicks a 10-point victory over the Atlanta Hawks. He ended the game with a double-double of 40 points and 11 rebounds, as well as six assists.
Trae Young Forced To Leave With Injury
In the final seconds of the second quarter, the Knicks and Hawks were all tied. With about five seconds left in the half, Kevin Huerter cut behind the defense for a simple dunk, giving the Hawks a 69-67 lead.
Elfrid Payton of the Knicks missed a floater at the buzzer, squandering a chance to tie the game. With RJ Barrett’s dunk, the Knicks made a fast comeback. With 7:31 remaining in the third period, he scored again on the next play with a smooth layup to cut the Hawks’ lead to 82-78.
Nerlens Noel of the Knicks, on the other hand, was elbowed in the mouth and landed hard on the floor, leaving the game and heading to the locker room. Taj Gibson, the Knicks’ center, had a laceration to his eye and had to leave the game earlier in the night. With 1:13 left in the third quarter, Atlanta Hawks Trae Young came down hard on the Knicks’ Norvel Pelle’s foot, turning his ankle.
The Hawks got off to a good start in the first quarter, with Trae Young scoring 16 points. In addition, while playing the entire 12-minute quarter, he had five assists. He went to the locker room in the third quarter with a sprained left ankle and missed the rest of the game.
Despite Clint Capella’s 21 points and 17 rebounds in the third quarter, Atlanta only led 97-90. However, after Young left, they quickly lost their lead.
Knicks Grabbed The Win In Overtime
With 9:53 remaining in the game, Noel returned to the game as the Knicks trailed 101-97. For the Knicks, he made a strong comeback. On a pass from Immanuel Quickley, he was rebounding and throwing down an alley-oop.
With 4:46 left in the game, the Knicks went on a 15-point run, extending their lead to 116-109 on a three-pointer by Rose. Rose scored 20 points off the bench on the night.
With two minutes left in the game, Atlanta’s big man John Collins made a three to tie the game at 118-118. But Randle reclaimed the lead with a driving layup over Collins, giving the Knicks a 122-119 lead.
With 6.2 seconds left in regulation, Bogdan Bogdanovic hit a corner three off an inbounds pass to tie the game at 122-122 and send it to overtime. Trae Young and Bogdan Bogdanovic, on the other hand, each scored 20 points. Young had a double-double of his own, scoring 20 points and dishing out 14 assists before leaving the game due to injury.
What comes next?
The Knicks are off on Thursday and Friday until hosting the Toronto Raptors at Madison Square Garden on Saturday.
Meanwhile, the Hawks are off for two days and will play the Miami Heat on Saturday.