Har­d­away, Kan­ter help Knicks pull away from Hawks

The Register Citizen (Torrington, CT) - - SCOREBOARD -

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.

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