His team managed to hold off a fourth-quarter rally by the Hawks, who have the second-worst record in the league.
With two games against both the Patriots and Dolphins over the final five games and a home game against the lowly Colts, the Bills (6-5) still in the thick of the playoff hunt in the AFC. Sunday’s road win over the reeling Chiefs should give McDermott full confidence in Taylor.
The Chiefs have to rediscover their identity — When the Chiefs were 5-0, they were running the ball at will. Kareem Hunt, who entered Sunday as the NFL’s second-leading rusher, had just 17 yards on 11 carries. The rookie from Toledo hasn’t had a 100-yard rushing game since Week 5 and hasn’t scored a touchdown since Week 3.
“I don’t know when he’s coming back,” Lue said. “I wish I did so you could quit asking me. I really do. I really wish I knew so I could share it. You ask every day, but I really don’t know. I’m not hiding it. I really, truly, I don’t know. I know it’s your job and I understand. I’m really not hiding it from you.”
Hawks: Rookie power forward John Collins, who has been out due to a left shoulder strain sustained on Nov. 30, worked out before the game at Madison Square Garden. The 20-year-old first-round pick from Wake Forest was averaging 11.5 points and 7.1 rebounds and had started four straight games before going down with the injury.
Knicks: Porzingis had eight rebounds. … Ron Baker, who has fallen down the depth chart at point guard, logged a season-high 31 minutes, giving the Knicks a nice lift as they went with a small lineup down the stretch. The fan favorite scored nine points, including four free throws during 10 minutes of play in the final period.
New York coach Jeff Hornacek stopped short of feeling relieved, one night after a road loss to the NBA-worst Chicago Bulls.
“It’s never easy to win in the NBA no matter what the other team’s record is,” Hornacek said. “We’re still trying to learn things. I thought the end of the game was a good learning lesson for us.”