The New York Knicks have won eight in a row, tonight they defeated the Atlanta Hawks 137-127 in overtime.
How the Knicks did:
Julius Randle didn’t want the Knicks to lose tonight, and his game tonight showed that. The Knicks All-Star had a sensational performance. 6-8 from three, 11-21 from the field. Another double-double, his second 40 point game in five days, and a near triple-double. Nerlens Noel had another efficient and productive game. Noel had 9 points, shooting eighty percent, and had a team-leading 12 rebounds. Noel has turned the page the past few weeks, filling Mitchell Robinson‘s role superbly and being one of the most efficient defenders in the NBA. Immanuel Quickley also had 20 points in thirty minutes while also hitting four threes. It’s nice to see IQ have a bounce-back game, his performances need to resemble those of earlier this year if the Knicks want to succeed.
Reggie Bullock shot over fifty percent from three and had a crucial 18 points tonight. Bullock also had 3 assists and 2 boards, but his opportunistic three-point shooting helped win the game. Derrick Rose was the spark he always is for the Knicks. Before fouling out, Rose had twenty points, three assists, and four rebounds. The former MVP shot 75 percent from the field and helped man this big comeback. RJ Barrett had a modest game tonight as he finished with 16 points, five assists, and six rebounds. Barrett never got into a rhythm and shot only 33 percent. Like many of the wins in this streak, even without one of the main scorers not doing much, everyone else picks up the slack and the Knicks still get the win.
How the Hawks did:
Bogdan Bogdanovic had a great fourth quarter and kept Atlanta in the game. Bogdanovic had 20 points and 6 rebounds, with a lot of his points coming in Atlanta’s effort to get the game to overtime. Despite an incredible 25 point, 22 rebound game from Clint Capela, the Hawks still couldn’t get past New York. In thirty minutes, Trae Young had 19 points and 14 assists, before leaving with an injury. New York was able to hold Young to 6-17 from the field, and Young only made one out of four threes. After leading for most of the game, the Hawks were only able to score five points in overtime and couldn’t contain the Knicks in the extra period.
We’ve been saying it a lot this year, but it’s true so it has to be said. The fight and resilience the New York Knicks show is remarkable. The culture change Thibodeau has implemented in less than a year is worthy of Coach of the Year hardware. Eight straight wins is an incredible feat, and this team has to be taken seriously. The MVP chants aren’t just fans making noise, what Julius Randle has done is something out of a book, and all the love he’s getting is so deserved.
The Knicks take on the Toronto Raptors at MSG Saturday afternoon. This should be another win for the Knicks so long as all goes well. The Raptors have struggled all year, and the Knicks are playing as well as they have all year.