The New York Knicks have started the NBA playoffs with a bang, securing an impressive 101-92 victory over the Atlanta Hawks in Game 1 of their first-round series. The Knicks were led by Julius Randle, who returned after a three-game absence due to a knee injury, and posted a double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds. However, it was a collective effort from the Knicks, with several players stepping up to contribute on both ends of the floor.
The game started off slowly, with both teams struggling to find their rhythm. But the Knicks eventually settled into the game and started to build a lead, thanks to some excellent defense and timely shooting. The Hawks made a run in the third quarter to cut the deficit to single digits, but the Knicks responded with a 10-0 run to put the game out of reach.
The victory was particularly sweet for the Knicks, who are making their first playoff appearance since 2013. It was also a statement win, as many analysts had picked the Hawks to win the series. The Knicks will now look to build on their momentum and take a 2-0 lead in the series when they face the Hawks in Game 2.
Overall, the Knicks showed that they are a well-coached, disciplined team that can compete with anyone in the playoffs. With Randle back in the lineup, and players like Derrick Rose and Reggie Bullock stepping up, the Knicks have a chance to make some noise in the postseason.