ATLANTA – – 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 on 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 losses totaled 14 points

De’Andre Hunter got Atlanta to 107-106 with a 3-pointer 1:40, but Rivers responded with a Trey of his own to give the Knicks some air to breathe. Randle put-back sealed it and flipped hit the ball after Rivers missed a ride at 461 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, put New York ahead to take two free throws that rolled it to 103-101, but his biggest game came with the rundown shot clock as he dismounted from a wild 3-pointer who had no chance but drew a foul by Trae Young

“It has become a huge part of the NBA to get to the foul line,” said Quickley. “The foul I committed on him was just because I saw a lot of great players”

Young had 31 points and 14 assists for the Hawks Hunter threw 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, with 4:47 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 take the positives out of all the team meals and movie sessions that are as much as we do together, it has been very productive for us”

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 (aching right knee), and F Obi Toppin (stressed right calf) couldn’t play due to injuries Thibodeau said Burks is the closest to returning to action

Hawks: G Bogdan Bogdanovic suffered a sprained ankle in the fourth quarter after scoring just 3 points Atlanta only put four benchers in for 14 points All five starters posted double-digit results G Rajon Rondo was active, came on but missed three games in a row with a sore left knee Young has spread at least 10 assists in two consecutive games and three of the last four competitions C Clint Capela has posted double-digit rebounds in fourth consecutive games he also had his third double-double in a row with 12 points and 12 rebounds

Knicks: Return home on Wednesday to host Utah Jazz, their first game since December at Madison Square Garden 27

Hawks: Play the first home game against Charlotte when the Hornets visit State Farm Arena on Wednesday

Washington Wizards (2-5, 12 in the Eastern Conference) vs. Philadelphia 76ers (6-1, first in Eastern Conference)

Oklahoma City Thunder (2-4, 15 in the Western Conference) vs. New Orleans Pelicans (4-3, fifth in the Western Conference)

Cleveland Cavaliers (4-3, sixth in the Eastern Conference) vs. Orlando Magic (5-2, runner-up in the Eastern Conference)


World News – US – Knicks vs. Hawks – Game Recap – 4 January 2021 – ESPN