In this double overtime loss, the Hawks were just able to outpace the Knicks in the waning moments. New York lost all the cohesion and creativity that brought them back from down 15 in the fourth quarter. It went from an equal opportunity offense, to a feed Julius Randle frenzy. Elfrid Payton tried every which way to get him the ball, but he perpetually ran into a see of bodies in the paint. A valiant effort from the Knicks who very nearly tallied their fifth consecutive win, but came up short.
It all started with Randle literally playing like a man possessed.
.@J30_RANDLE went super-saiyan in the first half with a double-double— NEW YORK KNICKS ON MSG (@KnicksMSGN) February 10, 2020
20 PTS | 10 REB | 8/13 FG pic.twitter.com/WIcNLuOco5
Reggie Bullock was putting a little cayenne in the stew early on.
Reg startin' out from three pic.twitter.com/0iQzIY0tQJ— NEW YORK KNICKS ON MSG (@KnicksMSGN) February 9, 2020
Then Mitchell Robinson had himself a mini dunk fest.
@23savage____ casually dunking on 3 Hawks pic.twitter.com/KYrN5mP8Fo— NEW YORK KNICKS ON MSG (@KnicksMSGN) February 9, 2020
Mitch please, these men have families pic.twitter.com/5EJzGDPclV— NEW YORK KNICKS ON MSG (@KnicksMSGN) February 9, 2020
You like crambling? Elfrid shuffled over to the paint and did some.
EP with authority pic.twitter.com/JsannMgVDj— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) February 9, 2020
More cramparts we’ll watch.
Oh okay Frank pic.twitter.com/kEIPmb6Zer— Tommy Beer (@TommyBeer) February 10, 2020
No basket? How about I kill you, still no basket? Ok, fine. Whatever. Just shut up. Anyway, the monster cram did not count but it was indeed a clear path foul.
Later in the game RJ Barrett got in on the cram session. Never to be seen again, RJ spent most of the second half on the bench.
RJ cuts, RJ slams pic.twitter.com/3NmSSv7XMI— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) February 10, 2020
So the crams ground down and the Hawks started to fling all types of silly triples in the third. It seemed like the Knicks would put in Bobby Portis, Kevin Knox, Dennis Smith Jr. and just watch their winning streak turn to sand in their fingers. Lot of this sorta thing...
Knox misses but this is a tremendous pass from Frank. Just the vision and pass-making you want to see from your point guard. pic.twitter.com/ZFXtyY2MXH— Tom Piccolo (@Tom_Piccolo) February 10, 2020
Actually that didn’t look bad. There was however, some downright awful bullshit. No continuity. Just various players deciding to take over random possessions and they all backfired horrendously.
Thankfully Wayne Ellington kept his hot shooting rocking with some timely hoops to keep the Knicks within reach.
Fundamental basketball for Wayne's 4th three of the night pic.twitter.com/vR6ACtEH2i— NEW YORK KNICKS ON MSG (@KnicksMSGN) February 10, 2020
Then Elfrid came back to life and it seemed like the Knicks were going to win in a photo finish.
WHO IS THIS TEAM pic.twitter.com/Dmq11blg0H— Rob Perez (@WorldWideWob) February 10, 2020
Sadly New York tried to close the door two possessions too soon in the first overtime and the momentum switched back to the Hawks as Trae Young helped Atlanta swoop in with the final eight points to send it to a sixth frame. From there, the Knicks just couldn’t put it together and it wasn’t long before Trae Young was going to the line putting nails in the coffin.
Valiant effort but ultimately losing in the second game of a back to back. What can ya do? Nice little four game win streak when it’s all said and done. Full recap from the Professor is on the horizon so just sit tight.