Atlanta Hawks Fail to Contain Carmelo Anthony in Loss to New York Knicks

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Whenever any team plays the New York Knicks, chances are they’re going to have a difficult time keeping Carmelo Anthony under 20 points. As for the Atlanta Hawks, they simply had zero answers for the star forward on Monday night–which led to a disappointing loss they could have used when it comes to the Eastern Conference standings.

Anthony was on fire against the Hawks as the Knicks came through with the big 106-104 win to improve to 27-15 on the season. Not only did Anthony finish with 42 points in the game, but he tied a franchise record by hitting nine three-pointers–which is impressive for just about any player in the league.

While the Knicks have turned into one of the biggest surprises of the 2012-13 season, the Hawks aren’t far behind them with a 25-19 record for the No. 6 spot in the Eastern Conference. This team is loaded with plenty of talent and has shown potential over the last couple of years when it comes to making a run in the Eastern Conference for the playoffs, but things may be a little more difficult this year with teams on the rise like the Knicks.

Give Atlanta credit for holding their ground for most of the game on Monday, but this win would have been a huge statement on their end when it comes to beating one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference. Unfortunately for the Hawks, Anthony was simply just too much to handle as he arguably displayed his best performance of the regular season so far.

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