101-92. Derrick Rose claims to be an MVP and the Knicks tie the series with the Hawks

New York, May 26 (EFE) .- The point guard Derrick Rose claimed his status as winner of a league Most Valuable Player (MVP) award and scored 26 points that left him at the forefront of the attack of the New York Knicks that beat 101-92 to the Atlanta Hawks in the second game of the Eastern Conference playoff tie, which is now tied (1-1) for the best of seven.

Rose, who came out of reserve, played 39 minutes in which he scored 9 of 21 shots from the field, including 2 of 3 triples, and was perfect from the personnel line, in addition to capturing four rebounds and distributing four assists.

Rose’s figure was felt more than ever after the Knicks’ new franchise player, power forward Julius Randle, who the day before had received the Most Improved Player of the season award, was given the option to start. again very inconsistent when he missed the first six shots he made to the basket at half time.

Randle’s poor contribution put the Knicks down 13 points on the scoreboard.

But with Rose moving into the starting lineup to open the third quarter, Randle scored 11 points on 4-of-5 shooting in the period the Knicks took the lead.

Randle finished the game with a double-double of 15 points and 12 rebounds, despite another bad night of shooting from the field, he finished it with 5 of 16, which was not much better than the 6 of 23 in the first game.

But if Rose gave his best version, so did forward Reggie Bullock, who made four triples in the second half and also had 15 points, as the Knicks guaranteed there will be at least one more game at Madison Square Garden, in a season full of unexpected success for the New York team.

Point guard Trae Young scored 30 points as the leader of the Hawks’ attack after scoring 32 and scoring the winning tiebreaker in Game 1 of the tie.

While Serbian guard Bogdan Bogdanovic and forward De’Andre Hunter added 18 each, who in the end could not prevent the Hawks’ defeat, but return to Atlanta with the home field advantage in their favor.

Game 3 will be played Friday night in Atlanta, where the Hawks will be able to be greeted by a sold-out crowd in the stands of their State Farm Arena field for the first time since before the coronavirus pandemic.

Rose made the basket and gave the Knicks the final advantage at 93-91 with 4:45 left and became the card kept by New York team coach Tom Thibodeau to surprise the Hawks and save the season. .

While Young and Bogdanovic were always the Hawks players who kept them ahead on the scoreboard during the first half.

New York settled on Rose and power forward Taj Gibson in the second half and Randle opened it with a triple for his first basket. Canadian guard-forward RJ Barrett and Rose made consecutive 3s to cut it to 61-55.

Atlanta seemed to have recovered and held 12 points up on the scoreboard.

But then Randle helped fuel a 16-2 streak for the Knicks as he resumed his most aggressive offensive game after being passive in the first half and his jump shot after two consecutive 3-pointers by Bullock put New York up. on the scoreboard with a 74-72 run with 1:45 to play in the period.

The rest of the way it was all protagonism of Randle and Rose that ensured the victory of the Knicks, despite the opposition presented by Young and Bogdanovic.

Game 3 in Atlanta will be the first playoff game at State Farm Arena since its 2018 renovation. It hosted this season’s All-Star Game.

The Swiss center Clint Capela, although he finished with 12 rebounds and five blocks, was still not a winning factor for the Hawks, scoring only four points.

Hawks interim coach Nate McMillan acknowledged at the end of the game that his team lacked offensive consistency until the end and that they had lost a great opportunity to have gone 2-0.

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