The Hawks won a nail-biter on Monday afternoon, pulling out a 108-107 victory in New York against the Knicks. This was the second game of a back-to-back for both teams, as the Hawks played Milwaukee yesterday and the Knicks played Toronto.
Both teams were shorthanded today, as Atlanta was without Dwight Howard, DeAndre’ Bembry, and Mike Muscala. New York played without Kristaps Porzingis, relying on their bench more in this contest. Paul Millsap saw extended time at the center position, as the Hawks elected to go small for much of the afternoon.
The first half was relatively even: New York led by one point after the first quarter (27-26), and by the same margin at the half (54-53). Millsap, Malcolm Delaney, and Taurean Prince all had good halves, with Delaney continuing his recent hot shooting. Somewhat predictably, the Hawks gave up the rebounding advantage to New York without Howard, and trailed by double digits in that category entering the second half.
Atlanta managed to take the lead in the third, leading by a score of 88-83 to end the quarter. New York tied to game back up at 88 early on in the fourth though, relying on turnovers and missed opportunities from the first few Atlanta possessions of the period. After another Hawks miss, the Knicks took a 90-88 lead, which soon stretched to 93-88 following a Ron Baker 3-pointer.
Atlanta went over four minutes into the fourth quarter without scoring a point, but managed to overcome this drought (and the points given up) to take the lead back with just under six minutes left. The two teams battled for the next few possessions, and took a 103-103 tie into the last two minutes. Dennis Schröder sank a 3-pointer with under 30 seconds left to give Atlanta a 108-107 lead, and the Knicks failed to score on the last possession to finish the contest.
Next up, Atlanta will travel to Detroit on Wednesday night. This game will continue an action-packed week, before the Hawks return home for games on Friday and Saturday night. This was a nice way to continue the week, especially with a team that was clearly fatigued.