ATLANTA — After the highest of a dropping streak that lasted virtually six weeks, Knicks Coach David Fizdale wanted to provide his workforce some credit score rating.
“I keep talking about this team’s character,” Fizdale said. “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.”
Dennis Smith Jr. scored 19 elements and the Knicks ended an 18-game dropping streak with a 106-91 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday night.
The Knicks ended their longest skid in franchise historic previous inside a single season by incomes their first victory since Jan. 4, on the Los Angeles Lakers. The Knicks, with the Eastern Conference’s worst doc and second-worst basic, had dropped 26 of 27.
Kadeem Allen and John Jenkins each added 14 elements. Damyean Dotson accomplished with 13 elements and DeAndre Jordan had 13 rebounds for the Knicks, who under no circumstances trailed and solely have been tied twice, throughout the second quarter.
“I think we did a great job of guarding the pick-and-rolls tonight,” Smith said. “Our bigs did a good job of calling out the screens and switching and not giving them too many second chances.”
The Hawks, coming off an thrilling victory over the Lakers two nights earlier, have been flat all by. They under no circumstances pulled inside single digits after John Collins’s hook shot made it 87-78 with 9:39 remaining.
Dewayne Dedmon led Atlanta with 21 elements. Trae Young had 16 elements and 11 assists.