Power forward Julius Randle confirmed his great moment of form by scoring 44 points that helped the New York Knicks beat the Atlanta Hawks 123-112 and achieve the third consecutive victory in the best streak currently in the NBA.
Randle set a new individual record by scoring seven 3-pointers, of the team’s best 17 of the season.
Along with Randle, who also had nine rebounds and five assists, forward RJ Barrett scored 21 points as the second leading scorer.
Rookie guard Immanuel Quickley had 16 points, five assists and two rebounds to make him the sixth player for the Knicks (14-15), who are ranked sixth in the Eastern Conference.
The Hawks entered Monday night’s game against the Knicks in hopes of clinching victory and breaking their losing streak, but even though they struggled and competed in the end, they weren’t good enough and lost the fourth straight game.
Although they had six players with double-digit numbers at the end they could not avoid defeat, which leaves them with the worst losing streak.
Point guard Trae Young finished in the lead with 23 points and eight assists, while power forward John Collins had 19 points.
Swiss center Clint Capela achieved a double-double of 15 points and 18 rebounds, which did not prevent the defeat of the Atlanta team (11-16).
As a team, the Hawks scored nearly 1.2 points per possession, which should be enough to win, but the Knicks’ shooting range was too good to beat.
Randle (44 PTS & 7 3PM) put on a clinic against the Hawks ♨️ pic.twitter.com/YGMeiZujq7— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) February 16, 2021
The Atlanta Hawks fire Lloyd Pierce and Popovich warns: “They will regret it”
Coach Lloyd Pierce has been released from the Atlanta Hawks after two years in which he left a deficit of 63 wins and 120 losses, the Atlanta franchise announced on Monday, which is considering appointing assistant Nate McMillan to the position.
“We have high expectations for our team on the court and believe that by making this change we can now achieve a more consistent second half of the season with better results,” explained Hawks president of basketball operations and general manager Travis Schlenk.
Lloyd Pierce, 44, was hired before the 2018-2019 season.
Although the new season began with a balance of 10 wins and 9 losses, the Hawks have lost 11 of the last 15 games and are third in the Southeast Division, where the Miami Heat, their rival on Tuesday, is the leader.
Gregg Popovich, Pierce’s mentor at Spurs, warned of the mistake made by the Hawks with his decision: “We all know how volatile the environment is in the NBA and how short the deadline is for everything, but you don’t want to end up missing Someone like that. It’s like failing a good player in the draft or evaluating a player the wrong way. He’s the kind of person you want to build a franchise on. “
Kemba Walker ‘s return paves the way for the irregular Celtics
Boston thus won the second of the consecutive games played between both teams. The Hawks won the first, which they played on Wednesday.
The Celtics have taken the win in two of their last three games, since they tied the worst stretch of the season, losing five of seven.
Kemba Walker was left out in Wednesday’s loss as he tries to improve the load on his left knee.
Power forward Jayson Tatum had 25 points and eight rebounds, while center Tristan Thompson, along with guard Jaylen Brown, scored 17 points each for the Celtics (15-14).
Another point guard, Trae Young, led Atlanta with a double-double of 31 points and 11 assists, but this time he couldn’t avoid defeat.
Swiss center Clint Capela added a double-double of 24 points and 15 rebounds and reserve forward Solomon Hill, for his part, scored 12 points.
The Hawks (12-17), who got 40 points from Young and made 57 percent of their field goals in Wednesday’s season-high win, this time struggled to keep up with Boston’s pace of play.
Kemba getting after it tonight pic.twitter.com/ru5zFUSBqE— Boston Celtics (@celtics) February 20, 2021
Two in two from Atlanta Hawks
In the opening match of the night in the NBA, Memphis Grizzlies and Atlanta Hawks, one of the teams whose performances were most curious this season, came face to face at the Fedex Forum.
Memphis was the host team that started the game well. He passed the first six minutes ahead 16-8. The Hawks, who returned well from the break in the last 6 minutes of the first quarter, hit the gas in defense and offense and closed the first quarter ahead 27-22.
The second quarter started with mutual baskets. As they kicked in, Ja Morant and Kyle Anderson gears up on the offensive and halved the gap as the Grizzlies entered the locker room. (56-58)
In the third quarter, both teams started offensive, but Atlanta Hawks increased the gap to seven points in the last three minutes, with Trae Young warming up and scoring in the painted area, but under the leadership of Dillion Brooks, Grizzlies’ streak of 14- 6 in the final episode was one number difference to the last quarter. -87 entered ahead.
Hawks, who started the last quarter effectively, passed the first three minutes ahead 95-88 with the 8-0 series. Grizzlies recovered after the timeout, leading 104-103 in the last five minutes with Morant’s score. In the last episode, Atlanta Hawks, who re-established his supremacy with his star Trae Young’s successive numbers, won without the match, 122-112.
With this result, Atlanta Hawks, who made two out of two, will host the Detroit Pistons on Monday night in their next match, while the Memphis Grizzlies will be the guest of the Brooklyn Nets that same night.