New York Knicks beat Atlanta Hawks behind Kristaps Porzingis’ 30 points

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Knicks are still trying to learn how to make winning plays down the stretch, no matter the opponent. For starters, how to hold big leads in the fourth quarter. Or to make sure not to foul 3-point shooters. Or to limit easy opportunities at the free throw line. They did none of this Sunday night and still escaped with a win over one of the worst teams in the NBA. Kristaps Porzingis scored 30 points, Doug McDermott added 23 off the bench and the Knicks withstood a late push from the Atlanta Hawks for a 111-107 victory. New York coach Jeff Hornacek stopped short of feeling relieved, one night after a road loss to the NBA-worst Chicago Bulls. His team managed to hold off a fourth-quarter rally by the Hawks, who have the second-worst record in the league. “It’s never easy to win in the NBA no matter what the other team’s record is,” Hornacek said. “We’re still trying to learn things. I thought the end of the game was a good learning lesson for us.” The Knicks appeared to have the game put away after three straight points from Jarrett Jack and Porzingis gave them a 101-92 lead with 3:46 left. The Hawks then scored five consecutive points, including three free throws from Marco Belinelli, who was fouled as he attempted to hoist a 3-pointer, to make it 103-100 with 1:40 remaining. Porzingis answered with a quick basket at the other end… [Read full story]

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