ATLANTA- On a night where it’s cold outside in Atlanta, it wasn’t much warmer for the Hawks in Philips Arena. The Hawks squared off against the Knicks in Atlanta on Wednesday night, and their red hot offense cooled down against a Knicks team that was reeling.
Without Tyson Chandler, the Hawks controlled the paint early with Al Horford and Paul Millsap, but Horford played just 14 minutes in the 1st half, and the Knicks had a 10 point lead heading into the half. Jeff Teague was the lone bright spot, as he was scoring at will against Andrea Bargnani in the paint. The Knicks were raining threes in the first half, and there wasn’t much the Hawks could do.
The Hawks came out and had a much better quarter in the 3rd, and they outscored them 23-10. The Knicks couldn’t hit anything, but the Hawks weren’t much better. Cartier Martin had the only 3 pointer for the Hawks heading into the 4th quarter. The Hawks continued their good play, and Kyle Korver scored 8 straight for Atlanta. He hit a 3, and that extended his streak to 81 straight games with a 3 pointer. The Knicks would make a run though, and they were up by 6 with 2 minutes to go. The Hawks couldn’t get a stop, and a banked in 3 pointer by Andrea Bargnani perfectly summed up the night. The Knicks would finally pull it out after a long fouling spree, 95-91.
Jeff Teague had 25 points and 8 assists, Horford had 23 points and 5 rebounds, and Cartier Martin had 13 off the bench. The offense was a problem in this one, as the Hawks shot just 20% from 3.
“I think a lot of the credit goes to New York and their effort defensively. I think when you look at the turnover, 15 to 6, and the points off turnovers, I think that explains the loss tonight.”
“At transition, that’s where I feel we’re at our best. We’re making good decisions. Early in the fourth, they scored a couple quick baskets and took some life out of us then and for whatever reason, we just kept making mistakes.”
The Hawks will take on the Sixers at home on Friday.