At one point in the season it looked as if the Indiana Pacers, Miami Heat and Atlanta Hawks would be the only three teams in the Eastern Conference to finish over the .500 mark. Well, the Hawks’ season has taken a turn for the worst and the once top four seed in the Eastern Conference is now trying to hang on to the No. 8 and final spot in the East.
The New York Knicks, on the other hand, have been an extreme disappointment from the very start of the season. Last year’s No. 2 seed is currently on the outside looking in when looking at this season’s playoff picture, sitting 4 1/2 games behind the Hawks for the 8th and final playoff spot.
So when the Knicks played the Hawks in Atlanta tonight, you can see that the importance of winning this game for both teams was sky high, but only one could prevail. That team was the home team — the Hawks — ending their eight-game losing streak with a final score of 107-98.
Once again Carmelo Anthony had no help with the Knicks’ scoring, as he had 35 points. The next best Knick was Raymond Felton with 16 points. Defensively, the Knicks, like every game this season it seems, let the opposition’s point guard absolutely dominate them.
Hawks’ point guard Jeff Teague led the Hawks with 28 points and along with DeMarre Carroll, who scored 24 points, just took over the game late in the third quarter and the entire fourth quarter in another Knicks blown lead. This resulted in what could be the game that ends the Knicks’ season and saves the Hawks’.