R.J. Barrett hates missing shots and calls himself a perfectionist. He was nearly perfect in the third quarter Tuesday to spark the New York Knicks to another victory that extended their longest winning streak in seven years. Barrett scored 18 of his team-high 24 points in the third quarter to help the Knicks drop the Charlotte Hornets 109-97.
Atlanta Hawks (32-26, fourth in the Eastern Conference) vs. New York Knicks (32-27, fifth in the Eastern Conference) New York; Wednesday, 8 p.m. EDT BOTTOM LINE: Atlanta visits New York trying to prolong its four-game road winning streak. The Knicks have gone 20-17 against Eastern Conference opponents.
Trae Young scored 25 points, Lou Williams added 22 in his best game since returning to Atlanta and the surging Hawks pulled away in the final period for a 112-96 victory over the Orlando Magic on Tuesday night. The Hawks began the day clinging to the fourth spot in the Eastern Conference, which would mean home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. Atlanta won for the fifth time in six games to move a step closer to locking up its first postseason berth since 2017.