KNICKS 98 HAWKS 92 | MADISON SQUARE GARDEN
How it happened:
While the Knicks-Hawks regular season finale was not a star studded event, it did provide New York’s coaching staff an opportunity to test out some of the new additions on the roster.
On Tuesday afternoon, the Knicks acquired Quentin Richardson and on Wednesday, the squad added Earl Barron to fill the void at center after Rasheed Wallace announced his retirement. Both players earned some quality minutes as New York concluded the regular season with a 98-92 victory over the visiting Hawks.
Chris Copeland shined for the second consecutive game, posting a career-high 33 points two nights after lighting up the Bobcats for 32 in Charlotte.
The Knicks rested Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler, J.R. Smith, Kenyon Martin, and Raymond Felton in preparation for the first round showdown against the Celtics. Martin is still healing from an ankle injury but should be ready for action in Game 1.
Speaking of ankle injuries, Pablo Prigioni suffered a sprained right ankle but X-rays were negative. He did not return to the contest after playing 11 minutes.
Despite a chance to earn a higher seed, the Hawks rested their big guns as well. Josh Smith, Al Horford, Kyle Korver, Jeff Teague, and Devin Harris were all sidelined for the contest.
For New York, Barron scored 11 points in his debut and Richardson added five off the pine.
Knick of the Night:
Once again, Copeland elevated his play as the team featured a shorthanded roster. The rookie registered 33 points on 14-of-29 shooting from the floor in40 minutes of action.
News and Notes:
Anthony won the scoring title tonight due to the fact Kevin Durant sat out his game against Milwaukee. By averaging 27.8 points per game this year, Anthony became only the second Knick to capture the honor since Bernard King in 1984-85.
New York completed its 67th regular season with a record of 54-28, the best finish since the 1996-97 season.
The Knicks will hit the practice floor tomorrow afternoon at MSG Training Center to put the game plan together for Game 1 against Boston.