Knicks takeaways from Saturday's 117-108 win over Hawks, including big nights from RJ Barrett, Julius Randle

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RJ Barrett layup vs Hawks not the best shot
RJ Barrett layup vs Hawks not the best shot

The Knicks won their third straight game and handed the Atlanta Hawks their 11th straight home loss with Saturday’s 117-108 victory.

Here are the key takeaways …

The Knicks went with their typical starting five as of late: Alec Burks, Evan Fournier, RJ Barrett, Julius Randle, and Mitchell Robinson.

Before tipoff, many Knicks showed some love to Kevin Knox, who was dealt to Atlanta this week in the Cam Reddish trade. Reddish was with the Knicks but is still not healthy enough to play.

- Randle had an early sneaker issue that caused him to come out of the game momentarily, but he laced up a new pair and knocked down his first jumper back in the game. Meanwhile, both teams traded buckets early, with Robinson scoring six points and grabbing five rebounds in the early minutes.

Trae Young scored nine points to lead the Hawks, but a three-point play from Barrett, who scored 10 in the quarter, helped the Knicks take a 31-28 lead into the second.

- Barrett continued to assert himself in the second quarter, stepping through the lane for another nifty and-one play. Meanwhile, Randle got off to a quiet start offensively, but he knocked down a pair of buckets in the second to put the Knicks up by six points around the midway point of the quarter. Randle went on to score 13 of the Knicks’ next 15 points. Randle then assisted on a Fournier three to push the lead to 13 points, as his absolute takeover of the quarter continued.

The Knicks took a 65-51 lead into the break, with Randle leading the way with 15 points and six assists, while Barrett had 13 points and three assists.

- Barrett scored the first five points of the third for the Knicks, but the team struggled to find much offensive rhythm in the quarter. With the lead at 12 and the Hawks crowd starting to get back into the game, Randle hit another three to push the lead back to 15 points.

Later in the quarter, rookie Quentin Grimes knocked down his second three of the game, but despite the Knicks leading by as many as 17 points in the quarter, a late Danilo Gallinari three made it just an eight-point game going into the fourth.

- The Hawks made things interesting in the fourth, cutting the Knicks' lead all the way down to two points, but they would never tie the game. The Knicks went on a 12-2 run late, and that was enough to clinch the victory.

Barrett finished with 26 points, five rebounds, and three assists, while Randle went for 24 points, nine assists, and six rebounds. Every Knicks starter scored at least 17 points.

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What's next

The Knicks are back in action on Monday afternoon, when they host the Charlotte Hornets in a Martin Luther King Day matinee at 1:00 p.m.

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