The Atlanta Hawks were victorious over the New York Knicks in Game 1, winning by score of 107-105 on a game winning shot from Trae Young. Atlanta will look to take a 2-0 lead when the teams meet again in New York on Wednesday for Game 2.
The Hawks got out to a hot start, leading 17-7 with 4:00 remaining in the first. New York was ice cold from the field to start.
Trae gets things going early. pic.twitter.com/SupcuJehse— Bally Sports: Hawks (@HawksOnBally) May 23, 2021
Atlanta led 24-16 heading into the second quarter, with Trae Young posting six points and four assists in the opening quarter.
Clint got @SoutheastToyota | #TrueToAtlanta pic.twitter.com/hSz6w67li1— Bally Sports: Hawks (@HawksOnBally) May 23, 2021
The Knicks used a 12-3 run in the middle of the second quarter to pull back within one (45-44) at the 3:38 mark in the second.
Red Velvet to the rack!!! pic.twitter.com/SeTQq5Uvlm— Bally Sports: Hawks (@HawksOnBally) May 23, 2021
From there, the Hawks were able to secure a tight two-point lead heading into the break. John Collins led Atlanta with 12 first-half points, while Young added 11 points and six assists.
Trae range ❄️ pic.twitter.com/qirntJmHAU— Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) May 23, 2021
For New York, Derrick Rose led all scorers with 10 points. Julius Randle struggled a bit in the opening two quarters, shooting 3-of-10 from the floor with seven points.
The third quarter was highly contested, but a 14-3 run by the Knicks late in the period made it seem like New York could potentially take control of the game heading to the fourth. Lou Williams five points to close the the third, however, and the Knicks lead 73-71 heading to the fourth.
LOOOOOOOOOUUUUU goes left. ⬅️ pic.twitter.com/s7SxRkz77n— Bally Sports: Hawks (@HawksOnBally) May 24, 2021
Williams kicked off the scoring in the fourth as well, and tied the score at 73 to complete a personal 7-0 run. He kept the scoring going, upping his total to 11 second-half points after layup cut the lead to just one (82-81) with 8:12 to go in regulation.
️ogi ️ucket— Bally Sports: Hawks (@HawksOnBally) May 24, 2021
(feat. LouWill) pic.twitter.com/Ivu3IkfXt3
Lou bringing all the energy tonight. pic.twitter.com/cmcTIpOxaQ— Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) May 24, 2021
The fourth was neck-and-neck, with the Knicks holding a narrow edge on the scoreboard throughout the opening minutes. They led 88-85 with 5:22 remaining.
Young carried the Hawks offense down the stretch, getting to the free throw line a few times after the Hawks shot just three free throws in the first three quarters of the game.
Atlanta continued to fight, and trailed New York 93-91 with just over three minutes to play. Bogdan Bogdanovic hit a go-ahead three-pointer, then De’Andre Hunter hit one moments later to put the Hawks up 97-93 after a 10-1 run.
BOGI pic.twitter.com/HYGQw84A9w— Bally Sports: Hawks (@HawksOnBally) May 24, 2021
Barrett hit a layup to halt the run and cut it back to two on the ensuing possession after the Hunter three.
Randle would give the Knicks a brief lead with a three before Young hit a floater and-one to put the Hawks up 100-98 with 1:51 to go.
Alec Burks would then go on a personal 5-0 run to continue his ridiculous game, giving New York a 103-100 lead with 1:10 to go. He had 18 points in the fourth quarter.
Bogdanovic hit another three, off a broken play, to tie the game at 103 with under a minute remaining.
Young got fouled by Barrett going to the rack with under 30 seconds remaining, making both to give the Hawks a 105-103 lead.
Rose would tie the game inside 10 seconds, and the Hawks had the ball with 9.8 seconds with a chance to win following a timeout.
Young hit an incredible floater in traffic to give Atlanta a two-point lead with .9 seconds remaining, sealing the Hawks win.
TRAE YOUNG OMG pic.twitter.com/bkEQopCVRV— SB Nation (@SBNation) May 24, 2021
Young finished with 32 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds, leading all scorers in the win. Bogdanovic had 18 points and some of the biggest buckets of the game. Alec Burks led New York with 27 points.
The Hawks and Knicks will meet again Wednesday evening for Game 2.