By Charlie Widdoes (Twitter)
HAWKS 110, KNICKS 90 | Madison Square Garden
How it happened:
Playing without Metta World Peace, who was a late scratch with knee soreness, and Tyson Chandler, the Knicks ran into a good Hawks team that was hungry for revenge after Wednesday's loss in Atlanta. Unable to produce much offense, New York struggled to shoot 37.8 percent from the field, gave up 56.4 percent to their opponent, and fell to 3-6 (0-5 at the Garden) as a result.
What was a close game for the better part of the night got out of hand late; a five-point Hawks lead ballooned to 11 in the waning moments of the third quarter, as Atlanta knocked down two quick threes with Carmelo Anthony on the bench.
The Knicks put on a brief run to start the fourth, with veterans Pablo Prigioni, Kenyon Martin and Amar'e Stoudemire injecting some energy plays, but communication issues down the stretch yielded too many open looks for a comeback.
Andrea Bargnani, who had scored 20 or more points in three of last four games, combined with Melo to score 39 points and grab 21 rebounds, but the complete effort just wasn't there for the Orange and Blue.
Knick of the Night:
Anthony's 23 points and seven rebounds helped the Knicks hang around for a while, but eventually Atlanta's balanced scoring was too much to overcome. His impact was evident whenever he went to the bench, as the team lacked scoring punch and defenive cohesion.
The Knicks will travel to Detroit to face the new-look Pistons on Tuesday.