by Jonah Ballow

How It Happened:
For the second consecutive night, the Knicks found themselves in a tight battle down the stretch.  On Sunday, New York delivered in the final stages and avenged a loss in Atlanta by taking down the Hawks, 111-107.  Atlanta ended the first half on a 17-7 run to take a slight one-point lead into the locker room.  New York captured control of the contest in the fourth quarter when Jarrett Jack bulldozed his way to the paint for a floater that pushed its advantage to eight.  Marco Belinelli was fouled while shooting a corner 3-pointer and hit the free throws to cut the deficit to 103-100.  However, Kristaps Porzingis sunk a clutch midrange bucket to give the Knicks the necessary breathing room on the next possession.  Eventually, New York won the foul game and escaped with its 12th home win of the season and improved to 13-13 overall.

Knick of the Night:
Doug McDermott provided the necessary scoring punch off the bench with 13 of his 23 points in the second half.  The sharpshooter hit 9-of-13 shots from the floor and 2-of-4 behind the arc in 31 crucial minutes.

Porzingis finished with a game-high 30 points and Jack posted a season-high 19 points in the home win.

Statistically Speaking:
New York only committed 12 turnovers as opposed to Atlanta’s 17, which led to 25 points for the orange and blue.

Next Up:
The Knicks will have the day off tomorrow following the back-to-back set.  On Tuesday night, the squad returns to Madison Square Garden for a showdown against the Los Angeles Lakers.  Watch all the action on MSG Network at 7:00 PM.