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Hawks stun New York Knicks in Tim Hardaway Jr.’s return (Highlights)

Without Enes Kanter, the New York Knicks lost a very winnable game on the road against the lowly Atlanta Hawks.

  • Atlanta Hawks 116 (4-15)
  • New York Knicks 104 (10-8)
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The New York Knicks should’ve won on Friday night. They were on the road and didn’t have one of their best players — Enes Kanter — but it was against the Atlanta Hawks. They entered the game at 3-15 and dead last in the Eastern Conference.

A playoff team would’ve won this game. New York had their top guns Kristaps Porzingis and Tim Hardaway Jr. It was Hardaway’s return to Atlanta — they gave him a highlight video — and it was ruined by the excellent play of Dennis Schroder.

Schroder, 24, continued his dominance of the Knicks. Last season he had games of 28 points and 27 points respectively. The point guard scored 26 points — on 11-of-18 shooting — and dished out eight assists in the 116-104 victory.

The offense wasn’t an issue tonight against a poor Atlanta defense. Porzingis and Hardaway combined for 50 points and Courtney Lee had a season-high 26 points. New York’s improving defense couldn’t stop the Hawks.

Key Stat

The Knicks turned the ball over 20 times on Friday night. They only forced 10 against a Hawks team that is 22nd in the NBA in turnovers per game.

Key Player

Doug McDermott was just 2-of-10 from the field and posted five points in 27 minutes of action. Without Kanter’s production available, McDermott needed a big game.

I'm ESNY's Executive Editor for EliteSportsNY.com. I cover the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets. Email: chip.murphy@elitesportsny.com Chip Murphy covers the NBA for Elite Sports NY. You can find him on Twitter @ChipperMurphy.