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Hardaway, Kanter help Knicks pull away to beat Hawks

ATLANTA (AP) Tim Hardaway Jr. knows the New York Knicks are depending on him to take charge when necessary.

Sometimes that's easier said than done.

''I can just remember from the Indiana game (last week) how many opportunities I had to take over and put my name on the game, and I didn't take advantage of that,'' he said. ''I just wanted to make sure that we did a good job of executing down the stretch and try to put the game in my hands and on my shoulders.''

Hardaway scored 27 of his 34 points in the second half, reserve Enes Kanter added 17 points and 11 rebounds, and the Knicks beat the Atlanta Hawks 112-107 on Wednesday night.

In a matchup of rebuilding clubs, Allonzo Trier finished with 16 points and Noah Vonleh had 11 points and 13 rebounds to help New York snap a two-game skid.

Omari Spellman scored 18 points for the Hawks, who have lost two straight and six of seven. Alex Poythress' basket cut the lead to four with 22.8 seconds remaining, but the Hawks blew their next two possessions when Poythress dropped an inbound pass and Taurean Prince missed two free throws.

Trae Young finished with 15 points and eight assists for Atlanta, but the NBA's fifth-overall draft pick missed 13 of 19 shots and went just 1 for 7 on 3-point attempts.

''We get down double digits in that third quarter, really from an inability to score,'' Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce said. ''There are a lot of reasons. Out of sync. Trying to find the rhythm of the group. Someone to kind of give us life.''

Hardaway, who had career highs of 16 free throws made and 20 attempted, forced his will in the third as one of the few veteran players on the floor. He was 5 for 8 from the field and had 15 points, two steals and one blocked shot.

''I was trying to get my rhythm back in the first half,'' he said. ''Then in the second half we started getting defensive stops, steals, blocks, getting back on defense. That kind of propelled me on the offensive end and kept me going.''

The Knicks never trailed after Emmanuel Mudiay's 3 made it 65-63 midway through the third. They took their biggest lead at 16 on Kanter's two free throws in the final minute of the period.

Kanter got tangled up with Hawks reserve center Miles Plumlee on a rebound attempt early in the fourth. He flipped over and landed on his head after both players fell to the floor. Kanter stayed in the game and shook off any bad vibes.

''We are having fun, especially all of the young guys,'' Kanter said. ''The chemistry is getting there, so we are just going to go there, smile, have fun and try to get a win.''

TIP-INS

Knicks: Kevin Knox, the No. 9 overall draft pick, was 0 for 6 from the field and did not score in nine minutes. It was his second game back after missing seven with a sprained left ankle. He had two points in five minutes of Monday's double-overtime loss to Chicago. ... Ntilikina, the eighth overall pick, is the only Knick to start the first 12 games.

Hawks: Coach Lloyd Pierce said rookie F Kevin Huerter, the 19th overall pick, was not with the team because of a family matter. ... Young, Huerter and Spellman started at Charlotte, marking the first time since April 1, 2005 that the Hawks started three rookies. Josh Smith, Josh Childress and Royal Ivey were in the lineup that day against Boston.

ON THE MEND

An MRI last week showed the mild inflammation in his left ankle looks better, but Hawks F John Collins likely won't return to practice until next week. He has missed the first 11 games.

UP NEXT

Knicks: Visit Toronto on Saturday.

Hawks: Host Detroit on Friday.

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1st Quarter

Time Team Play Score
12:00   Jumpball  
11:41 +2 Tim Hardaway Jr. made floating jump shot, assist by Damyean Dotson 2-0
11:38   Traveling violation turnover on Trae Young  
11:31 +2 Mitchell Robinson made dunk, assist by Tim Hardaway Jr. 4-0
11:14   Kent Bazemore missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:10   Defensive rebound by Mitchell Robinson  
11:05   Frank Ntilikina missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:02   Defensive rebound by Alex Len  
10:53 +3 Kent Bazemore made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Omari Spellman 4-3
10:41   Tim Hardaway Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:38   Defensive rebound by Omari Spellman  
10:23   Trae Young missed jump shot  
10:17   Defensive rebound by Mitchell Robinson  
10:14 +3 Damyean Dotson made 3-pt. jump shot 7-3
9:52   Alex Len missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:46   Omari Spellman missed dunk  
9:46   Offensive rebound by Omari Spellman  
9:45   Defensive rebound by Noah Vonleh  
9:36   Out of bounds turnover on Mitchell Robinson  
9:24   Bad pass turnover on Trae Young, stolen by Tim Hardaway Jr.  
9:20   Shooting foul on Kent Bazemore  
9:20   Tim Hardaway Jr. missed 1st of 2 free throws  
9:20   Team rebound  
9:07   Offensive goaltending turnover on Alex Len  
8:54 +2 Frank Ntilikina made turnaround jump shot 10-3
8:46   Personal foul on Noah Vonleh  
8:41   Personal foul on Frank Ntilikina  
8:35   DeAndre' Bembry missed floating jump shot, blocked by Mitchell Robinson  
8:35   Team rebound  
8:32   Alex Len missed alley-oop shot  
8:28   Offensive rebound by Alex Len  
8:28 +2 Alex Len made dunk 10-5
8:28   Shooting foul on Frank Ntilikina  
8:28 +1 Alex Len made free throw 10-6
8:06   Defensive rebound by Trae Young  
7:56   Defensive rebound by Noah Vonleh  
7:49 +3 Noah Vonleh made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Damyean Dotson 13-6
7:37 +2 Alex Len made dunk, assist by Trae Young 13-8
7:37   Shooting foul on Damyean Dotson  
7:37   Alex Len missed free throw  
7:34   Defensive rebound by Noah Vonleh  
7:22   Trae Young missed reverse layup  
7:17   Offensive rebound by Kent Bazemore  
7:00 +2 Noah Vonleh made driving layup 15-10
6:45   Omari Spellman missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:39   Emmanuel Mudiay missed layup, blocked by Omari Spellman  
6:34   Defensive rebound by Alex Len  
6:30 +2 Omari Spellman made dunk, assist by Kent Bazemore 15-12
6:07   Unsportsmanlike technical foul  
6:07   Team rebound  
6:07   Tim Hardaway Jr. missed free throw  
6:05   Personal foul on Alex Len  
6:02   Personal foul on Trae Young  
5:59   Emmanuel Mudiay missed layup, blocked by Taurean Waller-Prince  
5:55   Defensive rebound by Kent Bazemore  
5:51   Defensive rebound by Noah Vonleh  
5:42 +2 Noah Vonleh made jump shot 17-12
5:26   Kent Bazemore missed jump shot  
5:26   Offensive rebound by Kent Bazemore  
5:26   Personal foul on Allonzo Trier  
5:26 +1 Kent Bazemore made 1st of 2 free throws 17-13
5:26 +1 Kent Bazemore made 2nd of 2 free throws 17-14
5:18 +3 Noah Vonleh made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Emmanuel Mudiay 20-14
4:52   Defensive rebound by Noah Vonleh  
4:44   Tim Hardaway Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:41   Defensive rebound by DeWayne Dedmon  
4:32   Defensive rebound by Enes Kanter  
4:25   Enes Kanter missed jump shot  
4:22   Offensive rebound by Noah Vonleh  
4:22   Shooting foul on Vince Carter  
4:22   Violation  
4:22   Team rebound  
4:22 +1 Noah Vonleh made 2nd of 2 free throws 21-14
4:15   Personal foul on Emmanuel Mudiay  
4:15 +1 Jeremy Lin made 1st of 2 free throws 21-15
4:15 +1 Jeremy Lin made 2nd of 2 free throws 21-16
4:03   Kevin Knox missed driving layup  
3:59   Offensive rebound by Allonzo Trier  
3:56 +3 Allonzo Trier made 3-pt. jump shot 24-16
3:44   Vince Carter missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:41   Defensive rebound by Noah Vonleh  
3:26   Taurean Waller-Prince missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:22   Defensive rebound by Emmanuel Mudiay  
3:11   Kevin Knox missed jump shot  
3:07   Defensive rebound by DeAndre' Bembry  
3:03   Taurean Waller-Prince missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:00   Defensive rebound by Emmanuel Mudiay  
2:52   Lost ball turnover on Allonzo Trier, stolen by Vince Carter  
2:47 +2 Taurean Waller-Prince made dunk, assist by Jeremy Lin 24-18
2:32   Noah Vonleh missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:29   Offensive rebound by Noah Vonleh  
2:27   Shooting foul on Vince Carter  
2:27   Team rebound  
2:27   Emmanuel Mudiay missed 1st of 2 free throws  
2:27   Emmanuel Mudiay missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
2:26   Team rebound  
2:14   Defensive rebound by DeWayne Dedmon  
2:14   Mario Hezonja missed fade-away jump shot, blocked by DeWayne Dedmon  
1:58 +3 Taurean Waller-Prince made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by DeWayne Dedmon 24-21
1:44   Out of bounds turnover on Kevin Knox  
1:30   DeWayne Dedmon missed hook shot  
1:27   Defensive rebound by Enes Kanter  
1:10   Kevin Knox missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:07   Defensive rebound by Vince Carter  
1:03   Jeremy Lin missed layup  
0:54 +2 DeWayne Dedmon made layup, assist by DeAndre' Bembry 24-23
0:42   Team rebound  
0:42   Allonzo Trier missed free throw  
0:33   Allonzo Trier missed driving layup  
0:31   Offensive rebound by Enes Kanter  
0:31 +2 Enes Kanter made dunk 26-23
0:12 +3 Vince Carter made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jeremy Lin 26-26
0:01   Mario Hezonja missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:01   Team rebound  
0:00   End of period  

2nd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:50   Shooting foul on Mario Hezonja  
11:50 +1 Jeremy Lin made 1st of 2 free throws 26-27
11:50 +1 Jeremy Lin made 2nd of 2 free throws 26-28
11:32   Enes Kanter missed hook shot  
11:27   Defensive rebound by Kent Bazemore  
11:21 +3 Alex Len made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Kent Bazemore 26-31
10:57   Defensive rebound by Jeremy Lin  
10:50   Alex Len missed driving layup  
10:46   Defensive rebound by Emmanuel Mudiay  
10:45   Shooting foul on Jeremy Lin  
10:45 +1 Allonzo Trier made 1st of 2 free throws 27-31
10:43   Defensive rebound by Kent Bazemore  
10:29   Alex Poythress missed driving layup, blocked by Enes Kanter  
10:23   Emmanuel Mudiay missed driving layup, blocked by Alex Len  
10:18   Defensive rebound by Alex Len  
10:16 +3 Jeremy Lin made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Trae Young 27-34
10:08   5-second inbounding violation turnover  
9:49   Kent Bazemore missed jump shot  
9:45   Defensive rebound by Enes Kanter  
9:40   Personal foul on Alex Poythress  
9:28   Shooting foul on Alex Len  
9:28   Enes Kanter missed 1st of 2 free throws  
9:28 +1 Enes Kanter made 2nd of 2 free throws 28-34
9:07   Alex Len missed layup, blocked by Enes Kanter  
9:03   Offensive rebound by Alex Len  
9:02   Defensive rebound by Allonzo Trier  
9:02   Alex Len missed dunk  
9:02   Shooting foul on Alex Poythress  
9:02 +1 Mario Hezonja made 1st of 2 free throws 29-34
9:00   Defensive rebound by Taurean Waller-Prince  
8:40 +2 Taurean Waller-Prince made running Jump Shot, assist by Trae Young 29-36
8:29   Personal foul on DeWayne Dedmon  
8:29 +1 Enes Kanter made 1st of 2 free throws 30-36
8:29 +1 Enes Kanter made 2nd of 2 free throws 31-36
8:16   Personal foul on Damyean Dotson  
8:10   Offensive foul on DeWayne Dedmon  
8:10   Offensive foul on DeWayne Dedmon  
7:57   Frank Ntilikina missed hook shot  
7:55   Offensive rebound by Enes Kanter  
7:53 +2 Enes Kanter made dunk 33-36
7:45   Personal foul on Damyean Dotson  
7:36   Traveling violation turnover on Enes Kanter  
7:30 +2 Kent Bazemore made layup, assist by Omari Spellman 33-38
7:25 +3 Frank Ntilikina made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Tim Hardaway Jr. 36-38
7:11   Trae Young missed driving layup  
7:02 +2 Allonzo Trier made driving layup, assist by Frank Ntilikina 38-38
6:45 +2 Omari Spellman made layup, assist by Taurean Waller-Prince 38-40
6:28 +2 Allonzo Trier made reverse layup, assist by Frank Ntilikina 40-40
6:09   Bad pass turnover on Jeremy Lin, stolen by Mitchell Robinson  
6:01   Tim Hardaway Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:57   Defensive rebound by Omari Spellman  
5:52 +2 Kent Bazemore made layup, assist by Jeremy Lin 40-42
5:42 +2 Frank Ntilikina made driving layup 42-42
5:23   Out of bounds turnover on Jeremy Lin  
5:12 +2 Tim Hardaway Jr. made jump shot 44-42
4:58   Bad pass turnover on Taurean Waller-Prince, stolen by Noah Vonleh  
4:50   Tim Hardaway Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:47   Defensive rebound by DeWayne Dedmon  
4:41   Unsportsmanlike technical foul  
4:41 +1 Jeremy Lin made free throw 44-43
4:30   DeWayne Dedmon missed 3-pt. jump shot, blocked by Mitchell Robinson  
4:26   Defensive rebound by Allonzo Trier  
4:14   Shooting foul on DeWayne Dedmon  
4:14 +1 Allonzo Trier made 1st of 2 free throws 45-43
4:14 +1 Allonzo Trier made 2nd of 2 free throws 46-43
3:59 +3 Omari Spellman made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by DeAndre' Bembry 46-46
3:47 +2 Frank Ntilikina made jump shot 48-46
3:27   Kent Bazemore missed driving layup  
3:22   Defensive rebound by Noah Vonleh  
3:14   Frank Ntilikina missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:10   Defensive rebound by Kent Bazemore  
3:07   Kent Bazemore missed driving layup, blocked by Noah Vonleh  
3:07   Offensive rebound by Omari Spellman  
3:07 +2 Omari Spellman made dunk 48-48
3:07   Shooting foul on Mitchell Robinson  
3:07 +1 Omari Spellman made free throw 48-49
3:06   Personal foul on Jeremy Lin  
3:06 +1 Frank Ntilikina made 1st of 2 free throws 49-49
3:06 +1 Frank Ntilikina made 2nd of 2 free throws 50-49
2:53   Lost ball turnover on Alex Poythress, stolen by Frank Ntilikina  
2:35   Offensive foul on Allonzo Trier  
2:35   Offensive foul on Allonzo Trier  
2:20 +2 Alex Poythress made layup, assist by Kent Bazemore 50-51
2:05   Allonzo Trier missed driving layup, blocked by DeAndre' Bembry  
2:05   Team rebound  
2:02   Personal foul on Kent Bazemore  
2:02   Personal foul on Kent Bazemore  
2:02 +1 Tim Hardaway Jr. made 1st of 2 free throws 51-51
2:02 +1 Tim Hardaway Jr. made 2nd of 2 free throws 52-51
1:45 +3 Omari Spellman made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jeremy Lin 52-54
1:32   Tim Hardaway Jr. missed driving layup  
1:28   Defensive rebound by DeAndre' Bembry  
1:24   Personal foul on Enes Kanter  
1:24 +1 Kent Bazemore made 1st of 2 free throws 52-55
1:24   Kent Bazemore missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
1:21   Defensive rebound by Frank Ntilikina  
1:08   Frank Ntilikina missed driving layup  
1:06   Team rebound  
0:45   Kent Bazemore missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:45   Kent Bazemore missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:43   Defensive rebound by Enes Kanter  
0:36   Allonzo Trier missed jump shot  
0:32   Defensive rebound by Kent Bazemore  
0:28   Omari Spellman missed jump shot  
0:23   Defensive rebound by Allonzo Trier  
0:05   Offensive foul on Tim Hardaway Jr.  
0:05   Offensive foul on Tim Hardaway Jr.  
0:00   Jeremy Lin missed driving layup  
0:00   Offensive rebound by Omari Spellman  

3rd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:36   Defensive rebound by Tim Hardaway Jr.  
11:20   Kent Bazemore missed reverse layup, blocked by Tim Hardaway Jr.  
11:20   Team rebound  
11:05 +3 Tim Hardaway Jr. made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Frank Ntilikina 55-55
10:52   Kent Bazemore missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:49   Defensive rebound by Damyean Dotson  
10:38   Defensive rebound by Taurean Waller-Prince  
10:35   Kent Bazemore missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:29   Defensive rebound by Mitchell Robinson  
10:20   Noah Vonleh missed hook shot  
10:17   Defensive rebound by Omari Spellman  
10:12   Taurean Waller-Prince missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:10   Shooting foul on Frank Ntilikina  
10:10 +1 Omari Spellman made 1st of 2 free throws 55-56
10:10 +1 Omari Spellman made 2nd of 2 free throws 55-57
9:52   Tim Hardaway Jr. missed jump shot  
9:46   Offensive rebound by Mitchell Robinson  
9:44 +2 Mitchell Robinson made jump shot, assist by Noah Vonleh 57-57
9:29   Offensive foul on Alex Len  
9:29   Offensive foul on Alex Len  
9:16   Tim Hardaway Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:13   Offensive rebound by Mitchell Robinson  
9:12   Shooting foul on Taurean Waller-Prince  
9:12   Unsportsmanlike technical foul  
9:12