The Hawks became the latest team to fall victim to Melo’s offensive prowess. Atlanta simply had no answer. After the Knicks fell into an early 12-4 hole in the first quarter, Anthony began to assert himself, knocking down perimeter jumpers and creating opportunities for his teammates once the Hawks began to double-team him.
Melo finished the first half with 26 points to help the Knicks hold a 47-40 lead at the half. He kept it going in the final 24 minutes, as New York pulled away and Anthony notched his seventh 40-point game on the season -- tying the Lakers’ Kobe Bryant for most in the league.