RECAP: New York Knicks drop Atlanta Hawks behind Julius Randle’s 44

Feb 15, 2021; New York, New York, USA; New York Knicks’ Derrick Rose (4) goes to the basket against Atlanta Hawks’ Danilo Gallinari (8), of Italy, and Onyeka Okongwu (17) during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Jason DeCrow/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

Julius Randle delivered a stellar performance with a season-high 44 points, nine rebounds and five assists as the host New York Knicks recorded a 123-112 victory over the slumping Atlanta Hawks on Monday night.

Randle helped the Knicks match a season high with their third straight win and fifth in seven games. Randle hit two clutch shots during a 14-5 spurt over the final 3:50.

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Randle reached 40 points when he hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 3:18 remaining as the shot clock wound down to give New York a 112-107 lead. He connected with RJ Barrett for a 3-pointer that made it 115-107 nearly a minute later, and clinched the win by hitting a 14-footer with 96 seconds left for a 117-109 lead.

Randle shot 14 of 22 from the field and hit a career-high seven 3-pointers as the Knicks shot 50.6 percent and hit a season high 17 3-pointers.

Barrett added 21 points while rookie Immanuel Quickley contributed 16 for New York.

Trae Young scored 23 points but shot 6 of 19 from the field as the Hawks lost their fourth straight. John Collins added 19, Danilo Gallinari and Cam Reddish totaled 16 points apiece and Clint Capela posted a double-double with 15 and 18 boards for the Hawks, who shot 42.4 percent.

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Randle scored 17 points and made seven of eight shots as the Knicks shot a spectacular 68.2 percent and held a 39-28 lead after the opening quarter. The Knicks led by 14 early in the second and settled for a 66-63 lead by halftime.

A 3-pointer by Collins gave Atlanta its first lead at 68-66 a little over a minute into the third. Young’s floater upped the lead to 81-74 with 6:32 left. But following consecutive blocks by Nerlens Noel, Elfrid Payton’s layup forged an 81-81 tie with 4:59 remaining.

Payton’s game-tying layup was part of a 15-2 burst that gave New York an 89-83 lead on Derrick Rose’s layup with 2:37 remaining, and the Knicks held a 95-90 edge going into the fourth on another crafty layup by Rose with 4.3 seconds remaining.

–Field Level Media