Knicks stunned by Trae Young at the end of the game 107-105
New York- The Knicks allowed Trae Young to hit a running floater with 0.9 seconds left in regulation to drop Game 1 107-105.
The Knicks, who have not been in the NBA playoffs since 2017 came out the gate a little flat against the Atlanta Hawks early on in the first half. Julius Randle was hesitant with going to the rim and was settling for outside shots that were not going in. After being down in double figures, the Knicks went on 9-2 run to cut the lead to seven midway in the second quarter. Alex Burks, Derrick Rose, and Immanuel Quickley kept the Knicks in the game in the second quarter and combined for 27 points in the half. At the end of the Break, New York was down 52-50.
Despite the smothering defense from both teams in the second half, the Knicks used their physical strength to get their offense going in the paint. RJ Barrett had a couple of key plays that sprung a 7-2 run late in the third to tie the game up. The scrappy effort of New York won them the quarter and the lead at the start of the fourth, 73-71.
With .27 seconds in regulation and a tie game. The Knicks attempted to stop Trae Young from getting to his spot on the floor. Young shook one of the opponents and drove to the basket but was fouled by Barrett. New York felt like Barrett did not foul Young and challenged the call. The challenged was unsuccessful and Young hit both of the free throws. Rose hit a running floater to tie the game with 10 seconds left in regulation.
New York left Young get free and he hit a running floater to hit the game winner with 0.9 seconds.
Randle finished the game with 15 points, 4 assists, and 12 rebounds
Rose finished with 17 points