The NBA continued its annual tradition of having several high-profile games on national television this Christmas. The COVID-19 pandemic has sent many franchises in the Association into complete chaos. The league was hoping for some big performances from their stars to take fans’ minds off the negativity that has hounded every professional sport.
The New York Knicks and Atlanta Hawks met at Madison Square Garden for their holiday tilt. Kemba Walker continued his recent onslaught of offense. The home team sent fans home happy with a 101-87 victory.
Walker dropped 44 in a losing effort against the Washington Wizards on December 23rd. It was a stunning reversal for the New York guard. He had previously been benched after a series of poor performances.
Kemba continued his Christmas magic against Atlanta. While he didn’t light up the scoreboard, he was a huge contributor in the victory. Walker dropped a triple-double with 10 points, 10 boards, and 12 assists. After the game, he told the assembled media that he feels blessed to be back in the groove.
“God just works in mysterious ways, man. He’s blessed me, he’s helped me stay humble, grounded, and he just got me through a tough situation. I just continued to work, and time goes on and guys go down, and I’m back. First game against my old team, I’m back in the starting lineup, and the rest is history from there.”
The Knicks have struggled this year. Their 15-18 record has them on the outside looking in on the playoff race. The victory against Atlanta was huge. The Hawks now fall to just a half game ahead of New York in the conference race. Kemba Walker believes the reversal in fortunes could be mana from heaven.
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