Knicks vs Hawks – Game Recap – November 27, 2021
ATLANTA – – Alec Burks scored 23 points, Evan Fournier added 20 and the New York Knicks beat the Hawks 99-90 on Saturday night, ending Atlanta’s seven-game winning streak.
Burks, starting with injuries to Kemba Walker and Derrick Rose, hit three of his four 3s and scored 15 points in the third quarter.
Trae Young finished with 33 points, scoring 30 for the fourth game in a row, but that wasn’t enough as Atlanta fell to 8-2 at home and 11-10 on aggregate. Clint Capela had 16 points and 21 rebounds.
The two teams played the second game in a row, with the Hawks winning the day before in Memphis and the Knicks losing at home to Phoenix. They’ve met for the first time since Atlanta defeated New York in five games last spring in the playoffs.
âHonestly, it was a great win no matter who it was against,â said forward RJ Barrett. âEspecially after last night, being able to bounce back today was really important for us.
New York, improved to 11-9 after losing three of four, led 88-76 with 10:30 left on Immanuel Quickley’s 3 from the right corner. A pass from Young to Capela for a dunk reduced the lead to 95-86 with 5:08 to go, but the Hawks struggled to come close.
“We played hard,” Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau said. “It was the first thing we wanted to establish, and they’re a great team. They missed a few shots that they normally would have done, but I thought we were flying pretty well. And to win on the road against a team. like this you have to play hard on every possession. It requires everyone to work together and when everyone work together we’re pretty good. “
The Hawks scored the first seven points of the third to take a 57-51 lead and force the Knicks to request a timeout. Fournier responded with five quick points before Capela’s Jam brought the score to 61-56. Julius Randle finished a 0 for 7 start from the field to score his first basket in the 8th minute, reducing the lead to 61-60.
The Barrett runner gave the Knicks the advantage 62-61, and New York led 69-62 over the Jericho Sims dunk. The Knicks led 11 points entering the fourth. Barrett finished with 15 points.
The Hawks’ last six wins have all had at least 10 points, with Young averaging 27.7 points during that span.
âIt seemed like we were heavy legs all night,â said Atlanta coach Nate McMillan. âThey were physical defensively. You have to go through that contact. I thought we had some open looks that we didn’t knock back. Last night those shots were falling for us. Tonight they were not falling for us. Defensively we never really established ourselves as being able to hold onto their pick and roll. It seemed like we were running in mud most of the night. “
The Knicks, who reached the playoffs last spring for the first time since 2013, started this season 5-1 and are 6-8 since then. New York led by no less than 14 people.
The Sims’ fallback jam gave New York their first lead at 21-19, but Cam Reddish responded with a 3 before Quentin Grimes hit a 3 corner and Sims added a pair of free throws which gave a lead from 28-25 to the Knicks at the end of the first.
Young, who had nine points and two assists in his first eight minutes, was silent in the second quarter as the Knicks took a 43-34 lead over Obi Toppin’s one-handed dunk of the Grimes alley-oop pass. Burks’ pull-up made it a double-digit lead.
But Young was hot again with two long 3s and a runner to close the gap to 51-50 at intermission.
The Hawks, who started the game second with a 3-point percentage at 37.6, missed 13 games in the first half and finished 24.3%.
Knicks: Walker (knee), Rose (ankle) F Taj Gibson (groin) and C Nerlens Noel (knee) were ruled out before the game. … Rose and Walker are the team’s fourth and fifth best scorers. â¦ C Mitchell Robinson limped off the ground for treatment on the bench halfway through third. He didn’t come back.
Hawks: G Bogdan Bogdanovic (left hamstring) and F Cam Reddish (left wrist) were listed as questionable ahead of the game. Bogdanovic had to be helped off the floor in the middle of the second with an ankle injury and did not return. Reddish left the game in second after worsening his wrist and did not return. McMillan said the x-rays were negative on Bogdanovic and Reddish, but the two will undergo MRI scans. â¦ Dating back to last season, Atlanta had won 14 straight regular-season home games against the East.
Knicks: In Brooklyn Tuesday night.
Hawks: In Indiana Wednesday night.