Knicks vs. Hawks: New York reflects on poor second quarter: ' They made shots - we didn’t'

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Derrick Rose guarding Trae Young Game 3
Derrick Rose guarding Trae Young Game 3

The Knicks were riding high after scoring six points in the final 1.1 seconds of the first quarter - all momentum was going their way as they led the Hawks 31-29 through one quarter of Game 3.

Then it all changed.

RJ Barrett kept it simple.

“They made shots -we didn’t. They won the game.”

In the second quarter, the Hawks outscored New York 29-13, including a 22-5 run in the final 7:08 of the half. The Knicks hit just five of their first 19 shots from the floor of the quarter, while Atlanta went 11-for-17 from the floor.

"Offense got a little stagnant," Derrick Rose said. "Long rebounds, turnovers, and they were able to get out, hit a couple threes, and busted the game open...

"They did a great job with finding guys on the second pass… and if it wasn’t the second pass, they would drive the ball… and just creating havoc. We just gotta make an adjustment.”

“We just had one bad stretch in the second quarter. It was five, six minutes long, and that was the difference in the game," Julius Randle added.

Barrett put plenty of blame on himself, saying he's had plenty of "wide open threes that I need to make."

"I'm open. Just gotta make it," he added.

Rose said the Knicks are getting good looks, but need to find a way to give themselves easier buckets.

"In these playoff games, we gotta find ways to get an easy basket, and tonight they did a great job with getting back. I think we didn’t look to push the ball in the open court enough, especially when we was missing," Rose said.

The Knicks will look to tie the series at two games apiece on Sunday at 1 p.m.