Hawks Slip Behind Knicks at Home Opener, 120-126

The Atlanta Hawks were looking for some redemption at home after losing in its season opener in Charlotte.

But the result in the Hawks’ home opener at State Farm Arena was the same as last Wendesday, another flustrating loss, this time to the visiting New York Knicks, who walked away with a 126-120 victory.

The Hawks through the night labored to keep pace with the Knicks, who led almost consistently. The Hawks struggled to make the shots they needed and could not stop the Knicks’ offense.

The difference maker in this game appears to be three-point shots, which the Hawks have had difficulty making lately. The Knicks successfully made 45% of their threes while the Hawks made 37%. NY’s Jalen Brunson accounted for most of those threes, 8 of them, which produced 31 points. The Hawks were 42 of 87 in 2-point scoring while the Knicks went 43 of 90 attempts.

D’Andre Hunter led the Hawks scoring with 27 points on the night. Dejounte Murray and Trae Young each scored 18 points. Bogi Bogdanovic scored 16 points.

The Hawks have now lost their first two games of the season, and have sunk to last place in the NBA Southeast standings. They will head to Milwaukee to face the Bucks this Sunday.