Hardaway, Kanter help Knicks pull away from Hawks
ATLANTA — Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 27 of his 34 points in the second half, reserve Enes Kanter added
17 points and 11 rebounds, and the New York Knicks beat the Atlanta Hawks
112-107 on Wednesday night.
In a matchup of rebuilding clubs, Allonzo Trier finished with 16 points and Noah Vonleh had 11 points and 13 rebounds to help New York snap a two-game skid.
Omari Spellman scored
18 points for the Hawks, who have lost two straight and six of seven. Alex Poythress’ basket cut the lead to four with 22.8 seconds remaining, but the Hawks blew their next two possessions when Poythress dropped an inbound pass and Taurean Prince missed two free throws.
Trae Young finished with 15 points and eight assists for Atlanta, but the NBA’s fifth-overall draft pick missed 13 of 19 shots and went just 1 for 7 on 3-point attempts.
Hardaway, who had career highs of 16 free throws made and 20 attempted, took charge in the third as one of the few veteran players on the floor. He was 5 for 8 from the field and had 15 points, two steals and one blocked shot.
The Knicks never trailed after Emmanuel Mudiay’s 3 made it 65-63 midway through the third. They took their biggest lead at 16 on Kanter’s two free throws in the final minute of the period.
Kanter got tangled up with Hawks reserve center Miles Plumlee on a rebound attempt early in the fourth. He flipped over and landed on his head after both players fell to the floor. Kanter stayed in the game.