Knicks’ improved defense helps overcome challenge from Hawks, Trae Young’s unorthodox style of play

Regardless of whether they’re hitting shots or overmatched in terms of talent, the Knicks have been playing defense consistently and committed. That’s already an improvement from the last few seasons. And it boosted Tom Thibodeau’s sqaud to another win Monday, 113-108, over the Hawks and their high-powered offense. The Knicks (4-3) have won four of their last five games and represent a positive surprise at the start of this campaign. It’s a nondescript bunch but the heroes were abound Monday: Julius Randle, the clear team leader, dropped 28 points with 17 rebounds and nine assists; RJ Barrett …

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