How It Happened:
In one of the most bizarre finishes in the NBA this season, the Hawks escaped Madison Square Garden with a victory on Sunday afternoon. New York led 89-86 and Tim Hardaway Jr. connected on a potential And-1 opportunity but the bucket was waved off. On the previous possession, Kent Bazemore only shot two free throws but was fouled behind the arc. The refs allowed Bazemore to take the extra free throw, which cut the deficit to 89-87 with 3:06 to go in the contest. Roughly two minutes later, Mike Muscala knocked down a 3-pointer to trim the Knicks lead to just 96-95 with 42 seconds on the clock. Kyle O’Quinn missed an attempt in the lane and Muscala hit Bazemore with a pass in the corner where he drilled the go-ahead shot from downtown. Trailing 98-96, Hardaway Jr. stepped out of bounds and then he missed a 3-pointer that would have tied the game in the final seconds. Atlanta managed to capture the 99-96 wild victory and secure the season series over New York. Bazemore finished with 19 points in the win.
Knick of the Night:
Trey Burke delivered a solid performance off the pine with 14 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the floor in 20 minutes.
Porzingis dropped a game-high 22 points, Enes Kanter grabbed 12 rebounds, and Jarrett Jack posted 11 points.
This game featured nine lead changes and 14 times it was tied.
News and Notes:
Frank Ntilikina did not play in the second half (sore right knee).
The Knicks will return to Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night to face the Milwaukee Bucks. Watch all the action on MSG Network at 7:30 p.m.