It is not easy to win in Atlanta, so far defeated at home only by Utah, but New York succeeds in the enterprise above all thanks to the excellent evening of Alec Burks, promoted to quintet for the simultaneous absences of Kemba Walker and Derrick Rose. Of his 23 points, 15 with 3/4 of three arrive in the third quarter, when the Knicks place the decisive set (34-24 total). Evan Fournier also did well with 20 points and 4/6 from three and Obi Toppin from the bench with 13 and 5/8 shooting.
The Hawks’ winning streak ends at 7, despite a Trae Young with 33 points and 7 assists with 5/10 of three – the fourth consecutive game with at least 30 points on the scoresheet. But the worst news for coach McMillan comes from the infirmary: both in doubt before the start, Bogdanovic and Reddish take the field but then have to leave, the first for an ankle problem, the second on the wrist. Negative X-rays, but the recovery times of the two players must be evaluated. Good Capela, with 16 points and 21 rebounds.