Five Takeaways: Melo's 40 Power Knicks to 10th Straight Win

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3. No Denying J.R. Smith

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Smith may have cooled off from his torrid scoring pace, but the nine-year veteran guard continued his strong overall play, breaking down the Hawks' defenders to create scoring opportunities in the paint. Smith's contributions included some key baskets late in the game when the Hawks made a late push. The result was a 19-point performance as Smith remains dialed in on both sides of the ball.


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