Knicks acid for answers after vouchsafing late lead trip divided vs. Hawks

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NEW YORK — Kristaps Porzingis and some of his teammates were in dishonesty on Sunday after a New York Knicks mislaid a late lead during home to a Atlanta Hawks, a group with one of a misfortune annals in a NBA.

“I can’t even routine that we lost. we can’t trust it. It was a game. It was 100 percent a game. Stuff happened quick, and boom, it was over,” Porzingis pronounced after a Knicks let a four-point lead with 1:07 to play trip away. “… We’re only not there nonetheless as a team. We keep losing these games.”

New York has forsaken 3 true and 10 of a past 14. The bar is 4 games out of a eighth and final playoff mark in a Eastern Conference entering Monday. The players still wish to make a playoffs for a initial time in 3 seasons, that is partially given Courtney Lee called Sunday’s detriment a many ban of a season.

“I would contend [it was] a many annoying diversion that we lost, being in a conditions where a lot of a situations there was time to score, and we only didn’t gain on opportunities,” Lee said. “… We were in position to win this game, and we consider we only checked out and mislaid concentration on a integrate of plays, and it cost us.”

The Knicks led 96-92 with 1:07 to play when Porzingis missed dual giveaway throws. Tim Hardaway Jr. corralled an descent miscarry after a second miss. Instead of holding time off a diversion clock, Hardaway Jr. immediately took and missed a fadeaway from 8 feet.

The Knicks authorised an descent miscarry on a indirect Hawks possession and Mike Muscala afterwards strike a 3-point shot with 47 seconds to play. Kent Bazemore strike another 3-pointer on a Hawks’ subsequent possession — after a bad descent possession from New York — to give Atlanta a one-point lead with 8.5 seconds to play.

Hardaway Jr., who left a locker room after a diversion before reporters arrived, stepped out of finish on a Knicks’ indirect possession and missed a 3 with a Knicks down 3 with dual seconds to play to sign a loss.

Atlanta, whose 16-37 record is a second-worst in a NBA, finished a diversion on a 12-3 run in a final 2:01.

“We don’t know how to finish games. We don’t know how to win games during a end,” Porzingis said.

The Knicks (23-31) were impacted by a botched call late in a fourth quarter. With 3:49 remaining, Bazemore was fouled on a 3-pointer. He missed his initial dual giveaway throws though didn’t take a third giveaway chuck as play continued. Hardaway Jr. converted a asperse and was fouled on a indirect Knicks possession, clearly giving New York a five-point lead. But Hawks manager Mike Budenholzer told organisation arch Pat Fraher that Bazemore didn’t take his third giveaway throw.

The referees corrected a error, fluttering off Hardaway’s done basket and giving Bazemore his third giveaway throw. Bazemore converted a giveaway chuck to cut a Knicks’ lead to dual during 89-87. Fraher told a pool contributor that they could endowment Bazemore his third giveaway chuck — and relinquish off Hardaway Jr.’s done basket — given it was flagged within 24 seconds.

“If underneath 24 seconds have elapsed, we go behind to a indicate of interruption, reset a diversion time and stop all play that happens adult until that point,” Fraher said.

Knicks manager Jeff Hornacek and a players didn’t use a botched call as an excuse.

“Even with all that, it was a game. We only didn’t finish it. We don’t know how to win yet,” Porzingis said. “For me, that’s a thing. Until we learn how to govern and do a right thing during a end, we’ll dump games like this, a games, for sure.”

New York started a deteriorate 16-13 though has won only 7 of 25 given then. Porzingis was asked on Sunday to explain given a Knicks have struggled to tighten games recently.

“Our execution can get better, obviously. It’s flattering most we’re doing a same thing over and over again. Maybe teams know what we’re doing,” he said. “But it’s also on us a players. We also got to govern better. If we had a answer, it would be easier. we don’t have a answer.”

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