By Charlie Widdoes (Twitter)
HAWKS 107, KNICKS 98 | PHILLIPS ARENA
How it Happened:
A frustrating road trip came to a close tonight with a Knicks loss in Atlanta. Despite standout performances from Carmelo Anthony (35 points on 25 shots) and Tyson Chandler (23 rebounds), New York was unable to contain the Hawks as they exploded for 68 points in the second half.
Like last night in Orlando, the Knicks built up a sizable lead, erasing a 10-point deficit in the 2nd quarter to take a 13-point advantage into hafltime. Mike Scott carried the Hawks' offense early, with 17 points in the first half and a career-high 30 on the night, but New York was able to close the first half on a 29-6 run.
In the second half, Atlanta kept attacking and began to cut into the lead. Behind Jeff Teague's (28 points and six assists) penetration and accurate shooting from downtown, the Hawks jumped ahead a minute into the 4th quarter and never looked back. For the game, they shot 16-for-31 from three
Knick of the Night:
Chandler wins the honor for his work on the glass, which helped the Knicks win the rebounding battle, 41-40. He needed 13 shots for his 10 points, but his activity in the paint was crucial to New York's chances on both ends.
The Knicks return home from this grueling four-games-in-five-nights road trip to prepare for the Dallas Mavericks at the Garden on Monday night.