Fifth in Eastern Conference New York Knicks faced fourth-placed Atlanta Hawks coming victorious in overtime 137-127.
Before meeting each other both had good records with Atlanta winning 9 of their last 11.
While New York won seven straight and eight of their last ten.
Both the team are strong on their own with the Knicks strong on the defensive end.
While the Hawks are obviously more prominent offensively.
It was a tough game, to begin with as both teams are strong and it ended like that with both tying the game in the regular quarter.
However, the New York Knicks makes a comeback in overtime after Atlanta Hawks’ Bogdan Bogdanovic forces overtime.
Atlanta Hawks started strong taking a five-point lead in the first quarter but failed to finish strong.
Julius Randle’s huge forty-point double-double.
New York Knicks star Julius Randle had a good start as he nailed a step-back three for his first shot of the night.
Soon Reggie Bullock too made his first three triples on the night for the Knicks.
As the Knicks began the game 5-of-5 from beyond the arc.
But soon the New York Knicks couldn’t continue the pace further into the quarter, committing seven turnovers.
As the Hawks made a 14-0 run to go up 30-21 with 3:42 remaining.
Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young scored 16 points in the first quarter to give his team a 39-34 lead in the first quarter.
Besides Julius Randle, Derrick Rose started well for the Knicks in the second quarter.
As he dropped 6-of-6 from the field in the quarter. Event tying the score at 48-48 with 7:02 remaining in the second.
The Knicks trailed the Hawks by 11 points into the second quarter but soon took the lead at 52-50, as Knicks Obi Toppin made a slam dunk.
Then Randle made threes on back-to-back possessions to add to the Knicks lead.
He finished the half with 20 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the field cutting the Hawks’ five-point lead of the first quarter to 2-point.
Another big time game for Julius Randle 😤
Knicks have now won eight straight games pic.twitter.com/NgcAeU54p3
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) April 22, 2021
Randle even made a driving layup with 8.4 remaining in the fourth and taking three points to lead, giving the Knicks a 122-119.
But soon Bogdan tied the game at 122-all with a three-point shot forcing overtime.
Then Randle finished the game giving the Knicks a 10-point win over the Atlanta Hawks in overtime.
He finished the game scoring a huge 40 points and 11 rebounds double-double including 6 assists.
Trae Young left the game with an injury
Knicks and Hawks were all tied up in the final seconds of the second quarter.
But then Kevin Huerter cut behind the defense for an easy dunk with about five seconds left in the half to give the Hawks a 69-67 lead.
As the Knicks Elfrid Payton missed the floater at the buzzer losing a chance to tie the game.
The Knicks made a quick comeback as RJ Barrett threw down a dunk.
And then scored again on the next possession with a smooth layup to cut the Hawks’ lead down to 82-78 with 7:31 left in the third quarter.
But the Knicks Nerlens Noel took an elbow to the mouth and hit the floor hard and left the game and headed to the locker room.
The Knicks center Taj Gibson suffered a laceration to his eye and left the game earlier in the night.
Subsequently Atlanta Hawks Trae Young came down hard, turning his ankle on the Knicks Norvel Pelle’s foot with 1:13 left in the third quarter.
Trae Young started well in the game for the Hawks in the opening quarter, scoring 16 points.
And gave out five assists while playing the entire 12-minute in the quarter.
Before he headed to the locker room in the third quarter and missed the remaining game with a sprained left ankle.
However, Atlanta still led 97-90 after the third with Clint Capella’s 21 points and 17 rebounds.
But soon lost their lead after Young exited.
The Hawks forced overtime with the Knicks coming victorious.
Noel returned to the game with 9:53 left as the Knicks trailed 101-97. He made a good comeback for the Knicks. He was rebounding and throwing down an alley-oop on a pass from Immanuel Quickley.
As the Knicks went on a 15-point turnaround extending the lead 116-109 with a three-pointer by Rose as 4:46 left in the game.
Rose dropped 20 points on the night off the bench.
But soon Big man John Collins tied the game for Atlanta making a three at 118-118 with two minutes remaining.
But Randle again took the lead back, making a driving layup over Collins to give the Knicks a 122-119.
Eventually, Bogdan Bogdanovic made a corner three off the inbounds pass to tie the game at 122-122 with 6.2 seconds left as the game went to OT.
— Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) April 22, 2021
But the Hawks couldn’t take the win as Randle was unstoppable in the fourth making shots.
And finished the game with 40-point to give the Knicks a win.
Overall Julius Randle led scoring 40 points with 11 rebounds and 6 assists.
Immanuel Quickley and Derrick Rose both scored 20 points coming off the bench.
Similarly, Reggie Bullock scored 18 points while RJ Berrett scored 16 points with 6 rebounds.
On the other hand, Clint Capela led for the Hawks scoring a huge double-double with 25 points and 22 rebounds.
🏀 FINAL SCORE THREAD 🏀
Clint Capela's MONSTER double-double powers the @ATLHawks at home.
Capela: 25 PTS, 24 REB, 3 BLK
Trae Young: 34 PTS, 11 AST
Kevin Huerter: 23 PTS
Bogdan Bogdanovic: 23 PTS pic.twitter.com/vaQhtBjwrH
— NBA (@NBA) April 18, 2021
Meanwhile both Trae young and Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 20 points.
In fact, Trae young too scored a double-double 20 points with 14 assists before leaving the game with an injury.
The Knicks are off on Thursday and Friday and then will face off at home against the Toronto Raptors on Saturday.
Meanwhile, the Hawks are also off for two days and play on Saturday against Miami Heat.