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Hawks 100, Knicks 96: Scenes from a very intense preseason game!

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I’m way more hype than I should be right now

Atlanta Hawks v New York Knicks Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images

Someone wipe the sweat from my brow!

That was entirely too intense for a preseason contest. It certainly helps that the Garden showed up, as is a constant in this town (in this borough, at least).

The Knicks and Hawks played fairly evenly through most of this one. The Hawks took a pretty significant lead through most of the third quarter, but the Knicks managed to come back and briefly take the lead in the fourth quarter before ultimately losing, 100-96.

So who helped that along? Frank Ntilikina! Frank was trusted to close the game by David Fizdale, and although (in unfortunately true Frank fashion) he didn’t show up much in the offensive part of the box score, he D’d up Trae Young brilliantly and gave the Knicks a puncher’s chance late.

Frank finished with a quiet two points, three rebounds, three assists, two blocks and one steal in the box score, but I promise there was nothing quiet about it if you watched the game.

Julius Randle put together his most Julius Randle-y game of preseason so far, posting 20 points on 6-12 shooting with eight rebounds and two assists.

Mitchell Robinson redeemed himself a bit after being benched for Bobby Portis, with four points, five boards and two blocks in a little under 18 minutes:

Bobby Portis actually did some stuff too! (Though I still wish he’d pass a little more.)

RJ Barrett didn’t have his most efficient game so far, but dished a team-leading six assists and got some legitimate run at point guard for a few minutes.

I could go on and on, but let’s save that for the recap! In the meantime, feel free to chat along with KnicksFanTV: