The New York Knicks beat the Atlanta Hawks 101-92 in Game 2, marking the team's first playoff win at Madison Square Garden in more than eight years.

The Knicks were down by 15 in the first half, which Tom Thibodeau chalked up to inexperience.

"We have some guys that haven't been in playoff games, and they'll get better as we go," said Thibodeau. "There's only one way to get experience, and that's you gotta get it. So each game I think they'll get better. I think you learn from each game. You learn from each situation. But I think the fact that those guys have been in big games before is a big plus for our team."

Derrick Rose lead the Knicks with 26 points on 39 minutes.

"I'm just happy that I'm feeling good. We got the win and I played a lot differently than I did in the first game," Rose said. "I was making sure I got into the ball whenever he passed halfcourt. And just tried to play with urgency. I didn't see that last game and I was disappointed in myself."


Julius Randle finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds after going 0-for-6 in the first half.

The Hawks also went 0-for-15 with Randle as the primary defender.

"Our intensity level just went to another level, defensively first. Derrick, Reggie and those guys did a good job getting into the ball. We were able to get stops and get out and play a little bit faster. We were playing with better pace on the offensive end," added Randle.