On Tremendous Bowl Sunday, a few essential video critiques went towards the Knicks and resulted of their most disastrous loss all season.
With the commerce deadline looming on Thursday and their precarious playoff standing nonetheless in query, the Knicks overcame a horrid first half solely to blow a late six-point lead and fall, 99-96 to Atlanta, the worst crew within the NBA, on the Backyard.
With the Knicks main by three with slightly below 4 minutes remaining, Atlanta’s Kent Bazemore was awarded three free throws and missed the primary two. Neither crew nor the officers apparently seen he nonetheless had one shot remaining, nonetheless, and Tim Hardaway Jr. was fouled after dunking the ball on the different finish. Following a overview, Hardaway’s sequence was nullified and Bazemore went again to the third for his third free throw, sinking the shot.
Consecutive buckets by Kristaps Porzingis and Kyle O’Quinn gave the Knicks (23-31) their largest lead, 93-87, with barely two minutes remaining. However consecutive threes by Mike Muscala and Bazemore put the Hawks (16-37) up by two with 6.7 seconds remaining.
Hardaway then was known as for stepping on the sideline after receiving a return move from Trey Burke off the following inbounds move within the entrance courtroom, and the ruling was upheld by video overview. Hardaway, who scored 9 factors after taking pictures 1-for-14 in Friday’s final second loss in Milwaukee, additionally missed a possible game-tying three-pointer on the buzzer.
Porzingis missed seven of his first eight pictures, however the first-time All-Star netted 16 of his 22 factors within the second half, whereas Enes Kanter registered his fifth straight double-double with 10 factors and 12 rebounds.
Rookie level guard Frank Ntilikina left the sport within the second quarter with a sore proper knee and didn’t return, however Burke netted 14 factors in 16 minutes after not getting off the bench towards the Bucks.
Regardless of No. eight Philadelphia shedding on Saturday, the Knicks (24-30 general) slipped again to 4 video games of the playoff cutoff within the Japanese Convention.
“I attempt to not (discuss it). The gamers discuss it so much, so we allow them to play,” Jeff Hornacek stated of the playoff chase earlier than the sport. “Our objective this 12 months was simply to attempt to enhance and do the suitable issues and attempt to set up a tradition of enjoying onerous and enjoying collectively and transferring the ball.
“Our factor is that if we proceed to do all of these issues, you’ll win video games, after which on the finish of the season, did you win sufficient to get within the playoffs?…I believe while you begin taking a look at that huge image, typically you get unfocused on the little issues that you must do.”
Even watching numerous hours of soccer pregame exhibits needed to extra attention-grabbing than the dreadful first half for the Knicks, who shot simply 35.6 p.c from the ground and trailed, 44-38, at intermission. Porzingis, Kanter and Hardaway have been a mixed 2-for-16 via two quarters, however that trio mixed for the Knicks’ first 13 factors of the third for a 51-51 tie.
Burke supplied the Knicks’ first lead of the afternoon with a jumper late within the quarter, and so they led by two getting into the fourth.