Watching the New York Knicks and Atlanta Hawks get together for a regular season game in Phillips Arena was odd and kind of sad. The combination of the sad state of the Knicks and the lack of enthusiasm for the Hawks, despite their status as a perennial playoff team, just gave this game a weird tone.
Unfortunately for the Knicks, they ruled the day in terms of sadness. They blew a 13 point halftime lead and fell to the Hawks 107-98.
It was not for lack of performance from New York’s star players, as Carmelo Anthony scored 35 points on a not-totally-horrible 13-25 shooting night. Tyson Chandler came up big as well, scoring 10 points and grabbing 23 rebounds. Unfortunately for them, a collective poor showing from the likes of J.R. Smith, Raymond Felton, and Tim Hardaway Jr. combined with some huge nights from Atlanta’s bench set up the Hawks’ comeback.
It was Mike Scott who led the way for the Hawks. The University of Virginia product scored 30 off the bench on a viciously efficient shooting line of 11-for-14. Lou Williams also scored 14 off the bench. The guys in the starting lineup showed well too, as DeMarre Carroll dropped 24 points and Jeff Teague had 28.
For the Knicks, it’s a lot of the same this season. Carmelo scored a bunch, Tyson Chandler played well, and everything else is a mess.