The Atlanta Hawks fought off the New York Knicks in a topsy turvy, double-overtime game to win at home tonight. The young Hawks showed a lot of heart tonight in a hard-fought win.
The Atlanta Hawks were just in Boston two days ago to face off with the Celtics for the second time in the same week. The Hawks were without Trae Young, new arrivals Clint Capela and Dewayne Dedmon, Cam Reddish, and Bruno Fernando. Despite the depleted roster, the Hawks pushed the Celtics late in the fourth quarter, getting the game to one possession. Ultimately, the Hawks would fall short in Boston.
The Hawks had a small turnaround to tonight’s game with the New York Knicks. With Trae Young back in the lineup, the Hawks were favorites coming in tonight’s game with the lowly Knicks. The Hawks and Knicks would trade blows in the first half, but the game would really come to life in the second half.
Going into the second half, the Knicks held a two-point lead over the Hawks. However, the Hawks would start put together some solid offense and defense to take the lead back from the Knicks and hold on to it throughout the rest of the third quarter. The Hawks had a comfortable 94-83 lead going in the fourth quarter.
The Hawks would keep their foot on the pedal at the start of the fourth quarter, extending their lead to double-digits. The largest lead for the Hawks in the fourth quarter was 14 points. This is when the Hawks starting missing shots and the Knicks started a comeback. The Hawks looked like a team in the midst of a collapse as the Knicks roared back to tie the game at 116-116 with the last shot. Julius Randle missed a circus shot to win the game, sending the game to overtime.
In overtime, the Hawks got in a quick hole. The Knicks jumped out to an eight-point lead with less than two minutes left in overtime. The Hawks looked like destined to lose this game. However, the Knicks started to get tight, like the Hawks did at the end of the fourth quarter. The Hawks would apply the pressure, scoring six points in the last 90 seconds of the overtime to send the game to a second overtime.
The Knicks couldn’t fight back in the second overtime after their first overtime collapse. The Hawks kept the pressure on the Knicks by making their free throws and playing solid defense. It was Trae Young who iced the game, hitting his final two free throws to put the game out of reach. With the win, the Hawks now have 15 on the season.
The Hawks will have no time to rest or enjoy tonight’s win with the Orlando Magic on the schedule for tomorrow. That’s bad news for John Collins, who played 50 minutes, and Trae Young, Kevin Huerter, and De’Andre Hunter who all played 48 minutes. There will be some weary legs on the floor tomorrow. For tonight, let’s enjoy the Hawks win.