Kent Bazemore runs to close out on an Aaron Afflalo shot during the game. Credits:Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE/Getty Images
The Hawks traveled to Madison Square Garden to face the New York Knicks, and things didn’t go as well as many would’ve thought. In the first half things started off slow for the Hawks, but they managed to stay close within the Knicks in the first quarter. After missing all his 2-point shots in the last two games and going 0-11 from the field against the Rockets, Kyle Korver was able to shake off some of his rust in the second quarter. The Hawks were able to heat up a little after being down by more than 10, but their inability to close out on the Knick’s shooters left them trading baskets throughout the quarter. Aaron Afflalo led the attack with open 3’s and transition baskets as the Hawks failed to get back on defense on multiple possessions. The Hawks went on a short run to end the quarter led by Kent Bazemore, which brought them within 10.
At the beginning of the second half, Afflalo continued his hot shooting with 3 consecutive 3-pointers and the Hawks saw themselves down by as much as 18 points. Paul Millsap (19 PTS) and Kent Bazemore (17 PTS) put the team on their backs with their great offense, and the team as a whole picked up on defense as the Knick’s lead was down to 8. A positive sign during the run was Kyle Korver hitting two 3-pointers after going 0-18 from deep in the last two games. Sadly the Hawks couldn’t carry their run into the 4th quarter and Knicks couldn’t miss a shot. Aaron Afflalo came out firing and hit some big shots to secure the win and finished the game with a season-high 38 points (6-7 from 3). The last time these two team faced each other, it was the Hawks getting hot in the second half, but this time it was the Knicks who couldn’t miss.
The Hawks play the Knicks on Tuesday again for the last and final time of the season.
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