Hawks 108, Knicks 107: Knicks Juggle Starting Lineup, but Result Is Familiar

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Knicks point guard Derrick Rose, right, drove past the Hawks’ Dennis Schroder on Monday afternoon at Madison Square Garden.

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During their swoon over the last month, the Knicks have been grimly formulaic in their losing, with a lack of defense at the top of the list. But on Monday, 24 hours after a blowout loss in Toronto, Coach Jeff Hornacek decided that it was time for some experimenting.

What, after all, did he have to lose (besides another game)? And this one happened to be the Martin Luther King Jr. day matinee at home against the Atlanta Hawks.

In the end, New York did lose again, an agonizing 108-107 defeat that included several missed shots by the Knicks in the game’s final seconds.

But in some ways, the loss, which left the Knicks with an 18-24 record, was overshadowed by Hornacek’s decision to reassemble the starting lineup and include Ron Baker and Mindaugas Kuzminskas, two fan favorites who have been given inconsistent playing time this season. Sent to the bench as a backup was Courtney Lee; Kristaps Porzingis remained…

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