The Hawks returned home Saturday night riding an eight-game losing streak, and the depleted squad was looking to put an end to that against the New York Knicks.
The Knicks came into the game after suffering a double overtime loss to the Orlando Magic the night before.
The Hawks found themselves with a small lineup as Shelvin Mack slid into the starting five in the absence of Paul Millsap, who missed the game due to a knee contusion. The lineup was successful early in the game, as Jeff Teague and DeMarre Carroll scored the first 14 points for Atlanta.
The Knicks kept up with the pace the entire quarter and the Hawks found themselves with a one point lead heading into the second period.
Mike Scott started off the second quarter by providing a 9-0 run against the Knicks by himself, pushing the Hawks lead to 10 points. The Knicks followed with a run of their own and the Hawks struggled to score the rest of the quarter, which lead to a 13 point Knicks lead at half. The Hawks shot an abysmal 6-for-19 in the quarter and only put 15 points on the board in the process.
The second half proved to be more successful for the Hawks. The third quarter began with the Knicks extending their lead to 17 and it almost seemed like the gap was too much to overcome at that point. However, the Hawks showed that fight that they have displayed so many times before and the third quarter concluded with the hometown squad outscoring the Knicks 29-21 and finding themselves with only a five-point deficit to overcome.
The Hawks came out for the fourth quarter firing, knocking down four straight 3-pointers to jump out to a five-point lead. Teague and Scott kept the Hawks rolling, scoring 20 of the next 21 points for Atlanta and giving them a 10-point cushion leading into the final two minutes of the game. The Knicks attempted to make up ground, but a four-point play by DeMarre Carroll left the home crowd roaring as the Hawks finished the night off with a 107-98 victory.
Mike Scott headlined the victory with a new career-high of 30 points on 11-for-14 shooting, including 6-for-7 from beyond the arc. DeMarre Carroll also reached a landmark with a career-high 24 points in the win. Elton Brand should receive a nod of approval for his performance as well; the 15 year veteran toughed out nearly 43 minutes, a season-high, and managed to tally three blocks in the process.
Only seven Hawks players saw more than seven minutes of playing time, while Dexter Pittman, who was signed to a 10 day contract Saturday, received a DNP.
Carmelo lead the struggling Knicks squad with 35 points and Tyson Chandler destroyed the Hawks on the boards with 23 rebounds to go along with 10 points. Raymond Felton also managed a double-double with 16 points and 10 assists.
Atlanta sits in the 8th spot in the East, now with a 26-29 record. The Hawks receive a pair of much deserved days off before hosting the Chicago Bulls at home on Tuesday night.