Tim Hardaway, Jr scored 15 of his 34 points in a pivotal third quarter and helped power the New York Knicks past the Atlanta Hawks 122-117 at State Farm Arena Wednesday night. In the third quarter, the Knicks scored 35 points, shot 60% from the field and made four of seven from downtown. During the third quarter, the Knicks built a 16 point lead that proved insurmountable for the young Hawks.
“I don’t know. If I had the answer, I’d tell you,” Trae Young said when asked about the difficult third quarter. We don’t play like we start the game, we’ll get it right though.”
Trae Young finished with 15 points and eight assists for Atlanta, but the NBA’s fifth-overall draft pick missed 13 of 19 shots and went just 1 for 7 on 3-point attempts.
The young Hawks currently are 3-8 on the season and have lost 4 out of the last 5. Meanwhile the win snapped the Knicks’ two game losing streak.
“We get down double digits in that third quarter, really from an inability to score,” Atlanta Hawks head coach Lloyd Pierce said. “There are a lot of reasons: out of sync, trying to find the rhythm of the group, someone to give us life.”
The next home game for the Atlanta Hawks is Friday night against Blake Griffin, Andre Drummond and the Detroit Pistons. Tip off is 7:30 PM at State Farm Arena. After that, the Hawks go on an eight day, four city road trip as they face the Los Angeles Lakers Sunday Nov. 11, the world champion Golden State Warriors on Tuesday Nov. 13, the Denver Nuggets Thursday Nov. 15, and the Indiana Pacers Nov. 17.