KNICKS WIN ON THE ROAD

Road wins might be few and far in-between this season, but the Knicks took care of business in Atlanta.

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MACRI'S GAME NOTES

The Knicks won a game! Savor it folks…take a whiff of the sweet smell of victory, even if you’re in Camp Tank, because with the schedule they have coming up, there may not be many more in the immediate future. Here are the highlights of the Knicks 112-107 win in Atlanta over the frisky Hawks:

  • Tim Hardaway Jr., only a three nights removed from missing a game due to a back injury, had a wonderful game, getting to the line a whopping 20 times and finishing with 34 points on 22 shots. The shooting numbers were a bit ugly (2-of-11 from deep, 8-for-22 overall) but this is the version of Hardaway Jr. that has a prayer of making his contract look like an asset: one that gets to the charity stripe when he’s not bombing from long range. Hopefully more to come.
  • Frank Ntilikina busted out of his slump, finishing with 14 points on 10 shots, including 2-of-4 from deep. Whether he converts from close range or not, his driving always seems to open things up for himself and his teammates. The only sour note: after a night of stellar defense on Trae Young, he fouled out in 23 minutes, most of which were ticky tack.
  • Emmanuel Mudiay might be an NBA player after all. The moments that make you shake your head in bewilderment continue to decrease, and while his defense will probably always be below average, he played within himself, made the right play at the right time more often than not, took what the defense gave him, and made three 3’s to boot. If his reclamation continues, it’s a great look for the organization.
  • Enes Kanter quietly had a nice game, and earned praise from the coach afterwards, who was “really happy with the way [he] set down and set his feet tonight” on defense. How Fiz has smoothed over Kanter’s demotion might be his best accomplishment to date.
  • Allonzo Trier continues to do his thing, getting 16 points on nine shots in 36 minutes. It’s amazing that just a dozen games into his NBA career, these types of nights are almost expected from the undrafted rookie.
  • Noah Vonleh started off like a man on fire but settled down after the first, finishing with 11 points and 13 rebounds.
  • Damyean Dotson had his quietest game of the season, taking and making his only shot, a three.
  • Mitch had some nice blocks, and continues to be ahead of schedule.
  • Hezonja had some nice minutes, coming in late for Vonleh, which helped settle the team down when they needed it most.
  • Finally, Kevin Knox looked incredibly rusty, missing all six of his field goal attempts in nine minutes. Nowhere to go but up.
Next up: a brutal road game awaits against the machine that is the Toronto Raptors. If they can stay in that one, it’ll be their most impressive accomplishment of the season.

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