Apparently Carmelo Anthony feels at home in Atlanta.
It certainly seemed that way as he was cheered with a heavy dose of “MVP” chants from a surprisingly overwhelming Knick-heavy crowd.
Melo scored at will for the second consecutive game, and teammates J.R Smith and Raymond Felton each dropped 10 points in the fourth quarter to hold off the Hawks in Atlanta 95-82, extending their winning-streak to 10 straight.
The game was tied 72-72 after three quarters of play, but the Knicks clamped down on the defensive end and outscored the Hawks 27-14 in the final period to take the road victory.
Anthony finished with a game-high 40 points in 41 minutes of action, while shooting an efficient 17-of-27 overall. He added five rebounds and three assists.
Smith hit a few acrobatic shots, killing Atlanta’s momentum, and tallied 19 points in the game. Felton finished with 14, including six straight points in a key spurt early in the fourth period.
Kyle Korver single handily kept the Hawks in the thick of things with his lethal 3-point shooting ability, as he drained 6-of-10 from behind the arc. He also played one hell of a defensive game, and finished with 25 points, six boards, two blocks and one steal.
Jeff Teague chipped in with 15 points and nine assists, but had trouble taking care of the ball as he was credited with six turnovers.
Josh Smith struggled with his shot going 5-of-13 from the field for 10 points. He was absolutely terrible from the free-throw line, missing all seven attempts.
Al Horford, Atlanta’s leading scorer this season, only managed nine points in 38 minutes of action against the Knicks. He had previously reached double-figures in 32 straight games.