Carmelo Anthony and Arron Afflalo both scored 23 points in the win against the Atlanta Hawks.
This is the second win against the Hawks in three days after beating them at the garden 117-97 on Sunday. The Hawks gave them trouble early in the season, but the Knicks are coming out strong so far in the beginning of 2016.
“It’s hard to beat a team twice in a row,” Anthony said according to the Associated Press. “We just had a different focus coming into tonight.”
The Knicks matched their last season wins total. They currently are 17-19, only two games under .500 and continue to be a streaky team. There are nights where they look like they can beat anyone. Then there are nights where they compete, but come up short or don’t show up against the tougher opponents. It felt like that late in the 3rd quarter.
The Knicks had a 16 point lead go down to two points in the final minute of the game. They were setting up another play for Anthony but defer to Jose Calderon, who did a give and go with Robin Lopez to score with 18 seconds left in the game. On the next possession for the Hawks, Paul Millsap went to the basket and dribbled it off his foot giving the Knicks the win. Millsap finished the game with 19 points and seven rebounds.
Rookie sensation Kristaps Porzingis had 17 points and 11 rebounds. Anthony also had 11
rebounds and 7 assists in addition to his scoring. Porzingis continues to be an impacted player on defense. He was also in a small confrontation with Hawks’ Kent Bazemore. It resulted in a double technical foul and he appreciated his teammates, including Anthony backing him up.
“He was doing everything for us, as a leader should do,” Porzingis said.
The Knicks go for three win in a row against the Miami Heat tonight at seven on MSG and ESPN.