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Knicks vs. Hawks score: Kemba Walker posts rare NBA Christmas Day triple-double as New York rolls vs. Atlanta – CBSSports.com

A week after returning to the New York Knicks’ rotation, Kemba Walker unwrapped a triple-double on Christmas Day. Walker wasn’t the Knicks’ best player in Saturday’s 101-87 win over the Atlanta Hawks — that honor is unquestionably Julius Randle’s — but, given the circumstances, his 10 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds in 40 minutes added up to the biggest story. 

Walker recorded the seventh Christmas triple-double in NBA history and first for a Knick. (This was New York’s 54th Christmas game, a league high.) He didn’t shoot particularly well (3 for 12 overall, 2 for 9 from deep) but, outside of Randle, did the lion’s share of the playmaking, with Derrick Rose recovering from ankle surgery, Immanuel Quickley reconditioning after a stint in the health and safety protocols and Miles McBride still in protocols. 

This follows Walker’s 44-point performance against the Washington Wizards on Thursday. Walker did not play a single minute in between Nov. 26 and Dec. 18. 

Randle finished with 25 points on 9-for-15 shooting, including 6 for 9 from deep, plus 12 rebounds, looking like the All-Star player that he was during the 2020-21 regular season. Rookie Quentin Grimes, fresh out of COVID protocols, shot 5 for 12 from 3-point range off the bench. 

The Hawks, meanwhile, were anything but merry. Shorthanded without Trae Young and Kevin Huerter, among other players in protocols, they shot 33 for 87 from the field. Delon Wright and John Collins scored 20 points apiece, but starters Bogdan Bogdanovic, Cam Reddish and Clint Capela scored a combined 24 points on 8-for-34 shooting.  

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