The Knicks moved the ball well and shot 55.8% from the field to the Hawks’ 45.9%.
“They had that spirit tonight and that’s why the shots, they were shooting with confidence, they were empowering one another,” Pierce said. “We step up, we’re trying to hit and blitz and big fella (Mitchell) Robinson is getting lobs and they’re looking to throw it to him. They’re empowering each other. That’s the spirit we’re talking about, that’s the spirit we’re missing. That’s the spirit we need.”
3. This marked Trae Young’s third 40-point game of the season, as he led the Hawks with 42 points (16-29 FG, 7-for-13 from 3-point range), eight assists and four rebounds. De’Andre Hunter added 19 points, Vince Carter added 15 and Jabari Parker added 10.
Young led the Hawks in scoring, but outside of that scoring drought in the first half, the Hawks’ offense wasn't really the problem — it was their inability to get stops that let the game get out of hand.
4. Defensive rebounding continues to be an issue for the Hawks, with the Knicks grabbing 42 defensive rebounds (and 13 offensive) to the Hawks’ 27 defensive rebounds (and nine offensive). It seemed like this would be a rebounding mismatch, as entering Tuesday the Knicks led the league in offensive rebounding (12.2) and the Hawks were the third worst defensive rebounding team (32.1). The Knicks had 17 second-chance points.
5. After exiting Sunday's loss to the Lakers in the fourth quarter with a left shoulder contusion, Kevin Huerter was back in the starting lineup with no minute restrictions, and he was a bright spot in the loss. At first, the injury seemed like it could be a tricky one, since it was the same shoulder Huerter injured in Denver, which kept him out for 11 games. But Huerter bounced back quickly this time, missing no time and finishing with 14 points, five assists, three rebounds, three steals and one blocked shot.
By the Numbers
30 (the amount of assists the Knicks tallied, to the Hawks’ 20)
“That’s the main thing, effort and energy, especially on the defensive end. Giving up 140 points, we’re not going to beat anybody in the league.” (Young on what the Hawks were missing in the loss)