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Knicks 111, Hawks 107: Scenes from the return of small-ball

Two-PG lineups, even!

NBA: Atlanta Hawks at New York Knicks Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Knicks were forced into some small-ball lineups by the Atlanta Hawks, an injury to Enes Kanter, and straight-up common sense. And it worked! The Knicks worked Atlanta over with a group including Ron Baker, Frank Ntilikina, Jarrett Jack, Doug McDermott and Lance Thomas. The game got wonky at the end thanks to some fouling, but New York managed to pull out a 111-107 win.

Jarrett Jack hit the dagger, naturally.

Frank Ntilikina was on the verge of yet another oh-fer in the scoring department when suddenly he pulled up from like 28 feet and went hog wild.

That was the start of a personal 7-0 run from Frank, who hit a runner and then drew two free throws. It was awesome.

Kristaps Porzingis didn’t hit a high percentage of his shots (43.5%) but did nail this sweet turnaround J late in the game.

Doug McDermott balled the heck out. I don’t usually use such language, but it feels right to say “heck” when speaking about Doogie Howser, M.B. (Mo’ Buckets).

Recap to come. Doug forever!