Alec Burks, making his first start of the season, scored 15 of his team-high 23 points to spark a decisive third-quarter run for the New York Knicks, who held off the host Atlanta Hawks to win 99-90 on Saturday night. The 23 points were a season-high for Burks, who started with Kemba Walker sitting out the second game of a back-to-back set.
Atlanta is second in the Eastern Conference scoring 111.4 points while shooting 47.0% from the field. The Knicks have gone 7-8 against Eastern Conference opponents. New York is eighth in the Eastern Conference with 35.4 defensive rebounds per game led by Julius Randle averaging 8.3.
Monty Williams reflected on his rookie season with the Knicks as the Suns made a stop on their four-game road trip to New York.