Knicks snap an 18 games losing streak with win in Atlanta
And the losing streak finally came to an end. After six weeks in which the Knicks drowned until the bottom of the standings, losing 18 straight games and setting a franchise low record, New York has finally got the win, on Thursday night, in Atlanta, 106-91, winning the series 3-1.
The Knicks started the game with a 14-0 run, were tied just before halftime, then forced their way again to build a 17 points lead in the final minute of the game that brought them their 11th win of the season.
“It would’ve been very easy for us to check out and get on to wherever we’re going to go, but we were desperate men. Those guys wanted this game really badly, and they came out and showed it.”
– David Fizdale
Dennis Smith Jr. led them with 19 points and 7 assists in hist first win since traded to New York, and had an exceptional game.
“We came in, me and [DeAndre Jordan] came into a situation with a team on a losing streak and obviously it was up to us to change it. It took us a little minute to do it, but now we finally turned it around. We’ll try to get on the opposite side of that hill, start moving in a good direction.”
– Dennis Smith Jr.
The two G-League signees, Kadeem Allen and John Jenkins scored 14 buckets each, off the bench, and Allen was just 1 assist away from a double-double. Damyean Dotson added 13 points while DeAndre Jordan grabbed 13 boards.
The last time the Knicks had won a game was January 4th at Staples Center, against a Lebron-less Los Angeles Lakers.
The Hawks (19-39) were led by Dewayne Dedmon’s 21 points. Trae Young scored 16 and dished 11 dimes.