The Knicks led 57-48 at the half, and extended their lead to 68-54 after a Carmelo Anthony jumper with 8:07 to go in the third. The Hawks clawed back, and finished the third down by four at 81-77.
New York dominated the fourth quarter, and had a comfortable 108-93 lead with 1:47 to go. Hawks guard Louis Williams knocked down three 3-pointers in less than two minutes, but it would not be enough. The Knicks hit three of four free throws in the final 21 seconds, and won 111-106.
The Hawks shot 60.6% from the field, but had 27 turnovers. The Knicks capitalized on the turnovers by shooting the ball 21 more times than the Hawks. The higher frequency of shots allowed New York to make more baskets, and win the game.
Knicks top performers: Small forward Carmelo Anthony scored a game-high 35 points along with six rebounds, four assists, and two steals. Power Forward Andrea Bargnani netted 23 points, grabbed six boards, and had two steals. Rookie Tim Hardaway Jr. finished with 13 points, four rebounds, and three steals. Point guard Pablo Prigioni had 11 points, six assists, and four steals. Point guard Beno Udrih scored 10 points along with two steals.
Hawks top performers: Shooting guard Louis Williams scored 27 points and dropped three dimes. Power forward Paul Millsap netted 18 points along with eight rebounds and four steals. Center AL Horford finished with 17 points, six rebounds, and two assists. Shooting guard Kyle Korver scored 13 points, and point guard Shelvin Mack scored 10 points with five boards and two dimes.