After seven straight wins, the Hawks fell in front of their home crowd, delivering their worst offensive game of the season with 90 points scored at 35% on shots. Their two worst brands. Still, Atlanta had struck first with a twirling and dexterous Trae Young, but also a conductor to serve Clint Capela under the circle.
Side Knicks, Evan Fournier has the answer, and sticks 8 quick points to gain confidence. The “second unit” of the Knicks does a sublime defensive job, and the Hawks are one step behind at the break (51-50). With the Young-Capela agreement on pick-and-roll, the Hawks signed a 7-0 to attack the second half, and it is once again Evan Fournier who answers them with five points in a row. The game is still as balanced as ever, and what will make the difference is the awakening of Julius Randle. After missing his first shots, he finally puts it in, and New York takes control.
As usual, the “second unit” weighs on the meeting, and Immanuel Quickley gives 12 points ahead at the start of the 4th quarter on a 3-point. Evan Fournier found the field 5 minutes from time, and despite a big clumsiness, the Knicks created the feat of winning in Atlanta (99-90).
WHAT YOU MUST REMEMBER
– The wounds. The Hawks lost Cam Reddish and Bogdan Bogdanovic in the first half. The first for his wrist, and the second had to leave the field, helped by his teammates, after a sprained ankle. Without them, Nate McMillan did not have many solutions to make the difference on the outside.
– Julius Randle, the “Boris Diaw” with New York sauce. Angry with his shot, Julius Randle was completely converted to “point forward” in the third quarter. He distilled superb caviar, and his impact saw the Knicks register 34 points in that span.
– The Knicks play with fire. With a 3/17 in the 4th quarter, the Knicks were in the rough in the last act, and they even missed several free throws in the last minutes by Evan Fournier and Alec Burks. Fortunately, the defense held on.
✅Evan Fournier. Finally, the French went from flop to top! Serious in defense and valuable in attack, the native of Charenton was the best part of his team. Tom Thibodeau, who used to no longer use it during money time, finally put it back on the floor and he was involved and sacrificed himself for his team during hot times. Bodes well for the future. To be confirmed in the derby against the Nets.
✅ Alec Burks. Established this evening in the absence of Kemba Walker, he once again blackened the sheet. 23 points, including a solid 4/7 3-point, and 7 rebounds for the old back of the Jazz. He confirms, match after match, that he is one of Tom Thibodeau’s trusted men. His agreement with Evan Fournier is interesting.
✅ Trae Young. A fiery first half! The All-Star point guard was brilliant with 22 points before the break, a very clean 7/11 on shots, 3 assists and no stray balls. He was the boss of his team, compensating for the lack of offensive inspiration of his people. Defended by RJ Barrett, he dazzled him.
⛔ Kevin Huerter. The Hawks shooter was catastrophic. Horrible on shots (4/13 including 0/6 from afar), he had a difficult evening, chaining bad choices and forced shots. It is all the more regrettable that Atlanta was very diminished on the outside.
New York (11-9) : once again “outside”, but for the derby against the Nets (night from Tuesday to Wednesday, at 1:30 am).
Atlanta (11-10) : outside, facing the Pacers (night from Wednesday to Thursday, at 1 am).