Hawks find defensive assistance contra Knicks

NEW YORK — The Atlanta Hawks conduct to Madison Square Garden on Sunday afternoon for a rubber compare of a teams’ deteriorate series.

More importantly, a Hawks need to get their invulnerability behind on track.

Until a Jan. 26 diversion opposite Charlotte, Atlanta had authorised 119 or some-more points 6 times in their initial 47 games. Including that game, a 121-110 Hornets win, a Hawks have authorised 119 or some-more in 4 of their final five, including a 119-110 detriment during Boston on Friday.

“I mean, we can score, though during a finish of a day we still got to get stops and we didn’t do that today,” Atlanta’s Dennis Schroder pronounced after a detriment to a Hornets.

For a Knicks, invulnerability has not been a primary problem. In fact, New York ranks in a tip 12 in a NBA in points authorised (105.6) and rebounds (44.4).

But a low offense led by a vanishing Kristaps Porzingis has averaged usually 104.2 points per diversion this year. And things are removing worse.

New York has total to measure usually 163 points in a final dual games, waste during Boston and Milwaukee.

Porzingis, who ranked among a league’s 5 best scorers in a early partial of a season, has come undone. He scored a total 33 points in a waste to a Bucks and Celtics and got small assistance from his using mates.

The Knicks’ second-leading scorer, Tim Hardaway Jr., totaled 10 points in a dual games on 2-of-24 shooting.

“My shots weren’t falling,” Hardaway told reporters after a 92-90 detriment to a Bucks. “I put this on me. we put this one on my shoulders. we take all a censure for this.”

In a team’s initial matchup, a 116-104 Hawks feat in Atlanta, New York’s offense did good adequate — sharpened 51 percent from a field, 40 percent from 3-point operation and 86 percent from a free-throw line — though a Hawks had 7 players in double figures, led by Dennis Schroder’s 26 points. Porzingis had 28 points in a matchup and Hardaway 22, though with Enes Kanter out, New York’s starting core Kyle O’Quinn had dual points.

Sixteen days after in MSG, Porzingis scored 30 and Doug McDermott combined 23 off a dais in a 111-107 Knicks win. In that game, New York led by 10 with 6 mins left, usually to watch a Hawks stand to within dual with 20 seconds left before a Knicks sealed it out.

“The dais stepped adult tonight,” manager Jeff Hornacek told reporters after a win. “That was outrageous for Doug; for us too. … He pounded a basket. we suspicion we did a improved pursuit of removing downhill, removing down a line and afterwards kicking out. With a multiple of Jarrett (Jack) and Ron (Baker) , Frank (Ntilikina) did some of that and Doug gathering in there, so when we keep it widespread out and we expostulate it, it gives a few some-more opportunities to fire threes and get to a basket and maybe even get fouled.”

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