ATLANTA (CBSNewYork / AP) – Julius Randle scored 28 points and took in 17 rebounds, Austin Rivers hit a huge 3-pointer and the New York Knicks got off to a strong start with a 113-108 win over the Atlanta Hawks left Monday night.
The Knicks were able to complete a road trip of four games with their third win and improved to 4: 3 under coach Tom Thibodeau in the first year.
This is New York’s best record in seven games since the team started 6-1 in 2012/13. This was also the last Knicks squad to close with a winning record.
« We didn’t play great, but we found a way to win, » said Thibodeau. “I love the fight on our team. ”
The Hawks lost their second straight home defeat after winning four of their first five, and wasted a 15 point lead by the end of the third quarter. Atlanta’s three defeats totaled 14 points.
De’Andre Hunter got Atlanta to 107-106 with a 3-hand 1:40, but Rivers responded with a Trey of his own to give the Knicks some breathing space. Randle sealed it with a put-back and tipped the ball in after Rivers missed a ride at 46. 1 more second.
RJ Barrett wasn’t bad either, contributing 26 points and 11 rebounds. And rookie Immanuel Quickley came down the track.
The rookie guard, who had 16 points, gave New York the lead to take two free throws that rolled it to 103-101. But his biggest game came with the rundown shot clock when he got off a wild 3-pointer who stood no chance but pulled a foul from Trae Young.
« It has become a big part of the NBA to get to the foul line, » said Quickley. “The foul I committed on him was only due to seeing a lot of great players. ”
Young had 31 points and 14 assists for the Hawks. Hunter put in 23 points.
New York took an early double-digit lead, forcing the Hawks to take time out after Barrett’s pass from Elfrid Payton gave the Knicks a 24-14 lead.
Atlanta finally found its attacking rhythm at the end of the first quarter and led at half time with 58:54.
The Hawks extended the lead on Hunter’s Lay-In to 82-67, 4:47 stayed in the third, but they couldn’t get New York out of the way.
While this isn’t exactly a cheap schedule, Thibodeau said that being away from home helped build the team chemistry.
« It’s almost like going to training camp, » he said. “I’m taking out the positives. With all the team meals and film sessions, it was very productive for us to be together as much as we did. ”
Knicks: C Nerlens Noel was a late scratch with a sprained left ankle. … The Knicks were also missing G Alec Burks (sprained left ankle), G Frank Ntilikina (sprained right knee), G Dennis Smith Jr. . (contaminated left quad), F Omari Spellman (sore right knee) and F Obi Toppin (stressed right calf) were unable to play due to injuries. … Thibodeau said Burks was the closest to returning to action.
Hawks: G Bogdan Bogdanovic sat out with a sprained ankle in the fourth quarter after scoring just 3 points. Atlanta only used four bankers and took 14 points. … All five starters have double digits. … G Rajon Rondo was active but did not come on the field. He has missed three games in a row with a sore left knee. . … Young has distributed at least 10 assists in two consecutive games and three of the last four competitions. … C Clint Capela has scored double-digit rebounds in fourth consecutive games. He also had his third straight double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds.
Knicks: Return home Wednesday to host Utah Jazz, your first game since December at Madison Square Garden. 27.
Hawks: Play Charlotte’s first home game when the Hornets visit State Farm Arena on Wednesday.
(© Copyright 2021 CBS Broadcasting Inc. . All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report. )
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