KNICKS 106 HAWKS 104 | MADISON SQUARE GARDEN
How it happened:
Last night, the Knicks were desperate to find offensive cohesion after a road loss to the 76ers. Back at the friendly confines of Madison Square Garden, Carmelo Anthony re-discovered his touch by exploding for a game-high 42 points and leading New York to an exhilarating 106-104 win on Sunday.
At the 1:34 mark of the fourth quarter, Al Horford received a beautiful alley-oop pass from Josh Smith to hand the visiting Hawks a 104-103 advantage. One minute later, Smith was called for a costly offensive foul on an attempted high screen. This mistake provided an opportunity for the Knicks All-Star forward to create magic in front of the home crowd.
Anthony received the ball on the left block and immediately took Smith off the bounce for a nice layup off glass and the foul. With 12.5 seconds on the game clock, Anthony calmly sunk the And-1 while delivering the go-ahead bucket and 106-104 lead over Atlanta.
New York forced Jeff Teague into the paint and defended the double high picks from Horford and Smith. As time dripped off the clock, Smith had to hoist a 3-pointer, which hit the iron and the Hawks fell to 25-19 on the season.
The Knicks received a big boost from Amar’e Stoudemire and J.R. Smith off the bench as the two second unit players combined for 36 points to help lift the squad to a 27-15 overall mark. Raymond Felton scored the first six points for New York and finished with 12 in the victory.
Knick of the Night:
Anthony tied the franchise record for most 3-pointers in a game. He also tied Richie Guerin for the most consecutive games (29) with at least 20 points. In the win, Anthony hit 15-of-28 shots from the floor, 9-of-12 from the arc, and he snatched five boards.
Offensively, the Knicks bounced back in a big way, scoring over 100 points and shooting 54.2 percent from the floor. Additionally, New York hit 16-of-27 shots from downtown.
The Knicks will enjoy a day off on Monday after the back-to-back set against the 76ers and Hawks. On Wednesday night, New York plays host to the Orlando Magic.