The New York Knicks defeated the Atlanta Hawks tonight at Madison Square Garden. Carmelo Anthony went off for the Knicks tonight recording 35 points, six rebounds and four assists. When Anthony gets hot, there is no stopping him on defense. Paul Millsap is a great player, but Anthony poses a mismatch for the Hawks’ power forward. When the Knicks needed a big bucket, Anthony provided the answer every single time.
In the fourth quarter when Atlanta cut the lead to four, Anthony stifled the Hawks’ run with a three-pointer that essentially sealed the win for the Knicks. Anthony was not the only one who had an impressive performance. Andrea Bargnani had one of his best games on the season against the Hawks. Bargnani went 11-for-16 from the field with 23 points and six rebounds in the win. Those two were the difference tonight for the Knicks.
The story of the night for the Hawks was turnovers. In the game, Atlanta actually shot the ball very well at 60.6 percent from the field, but mistakes on offense plagued the team and eliminated a good night shooting. The Hawks committed way too many turnovers in order to achieve victory. At times, there seemed to be no rhythm on the offensive end of the court and this showed on the stat sheet.
Atlanta set a season-high tonight in turnovers with 27 which is not good enough to win. In fact, 27 turnovers is the most turnovers by any team in the league so far this season. That’s not a formula for success. Anytime you turn the ball over in the NBA, teams are going to take advantage and that’s exactly what the Knicks did. Atlanta tried to scratch and claw their way back multiple times, but as soon as the game got close, another turnover would ensue on offense. The Knicks took full advantage of Atlanta’s mistakes by scoring 36 points off of those turnovers.
Lou Williams was the lone bright spot in tonight’s loss scoring 27 points off the bench. Williams 27 points were good for a season-high this year. He tried to spark the team on a lackluster night, but even his effort was not enough to overcome the mistakes. However, he did prove to the coaching staff that he has returned back to his old form and can give the Hawks productive minutes off the bench. Tonight was the first time he played in back-to-back games, and it did not seem to effect his game one bit. Williams earned himself some more minutes for the Hawks going forward this season.