Hawks vs. Knicks - Recap
The Atlanta Hawks lost to the New York Knicks 106-104 on the road. This was the first of three meetings between these two teams this regular season. This was also the second of three-straight meetings with Atlantic Division opponents for the Hawks. With the loss, the Hawks dropped to 25-19 on the season and 0-1 in the regular season series with the Knicks. They also saw their three-game winning streak snapped. The starters for the Hawks were Jeff Teague and Devin Harris in the backcourt, Kyle Korver and Josh Smith at the two forward spots, and Al Horford at center. Anthony Morrow (sore lower back) and Louis Williams (torn ACL, right knee) did not dress. Johan Petro, Mike Scott, and Anthony Tolliver received DNP-CDs. The leading scorer for the Hawks was Jeff Teague, with 27 points (including 18 in the first half). He also dished out six assists and grabbed five boards. Josh Smith added 20 points. Al Horford contributed 16 points and six rebounds. DeShawn Stevenson scored 15 points off the bench. Kyle Korver had 13 points and seven boards. The leading scorer for the Knicks was Carmelo Anthony, with a game-high 42 points. In the first quarter, the Knicks went on a 16-0 run that spanned into the second quarter. They led the Hawks 27-25 after one. In the second quarter, the Knicks continued on that run, but the Hawks responded with a 9-2 run of their own. The teams went to the break knotted at 52. In the third quarter, Carmelo erupted for five three-pointers, and the Knicks took an 82-74 lead heading into the final frame. In the fourth quarter, the Hawks got back into the game, and they led the Knicks 104-103 with 1:34 remaining in regulation. The teams didn't score again until 12.5 seconds were left on the game clock, and Carmelo drove past Josh Smith for the and-one. He converted on the free-throw, and on the next possession, a Jeff Teague drive-and-kick to Josh Smith resulted in a missed three-pointer by Josh. Al Horford grabbed the offensive rebound, but time expired before he could launch up a prayer, and the Hawks lost by two. I think the key reason that the Hawks was that they turned the ball over 19 times, while only forcing 14 turnovers. A key to this game was forcing turnovers and running, to tire out the Knicks, who are the oldest team in league history. The Hawks did outscore the Knicks in fastbreak points, but a lot of times they still settled with setting up in a halfcourt set. Overall, they played a pretty good game. It is hard to beat a team when one of their players shoots like Carmelo did. The Hawks became the first team this year to shoot over 60% from the field in a game and lose. They outrebounded the Knicks, and they outscored them in points in the paint. Even the free throws were falling for the Hawks in this one. It came down to the final seconds, and the Hawks just fell a little bit short.