|Carmelo Anthony #7 of the New York Knicks drives to the basket against Paul Millsap #4 of the Atlanta Hawks on October 29, 2015 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)|
Last night, we finally got to see the Atlanta Hawks we were waiting for since last season. After a bad loss against the Detroit Pistons in the home opener, the Hawks bounced back and defeated the New York Knicks 112-101. After having an less than average game against the Pistons and starting off 0/4 from the field in this game, Jeff Teague ended the game with a team-high 23 points and 8 assists. Al Horford was sharp the entire game posting 21 points and nine rebounds.
The Hawks got off to a fast start in the 1st quarter with 4 forced turnovers and Al Horford’s 8 first quarter points(3/3 FG) . Atlanta built an early 10 point lead to end the first quarter but would have yet another shaky start early in the second quarter as the Knicks went on an 11-0 run led by Langston Galloway. The Hawks responded by getting back to their offensive groove near the end of the quarter, hitting multiple threes and extending the lead to 16. Lamar Patterson got involved early in the offense going 2/3 from behind the arc. Carmelo Anthony had a cold shooting night (10/27 FG) but ended up with a game-high 25 points.
Atlanta began the 2nd half with great defensive pressure, forcing turnovers and bad shots by the Knicks. Jeff Teague continued his solid performance and posted eleven points in the 3rd quarter alone and the Hawks extended their lead to 22 points, their biggest of the game. Near the end of the quarter, the Knicks second unit found a rhythm as they went on a 12-2 run. At the beginning of the 4th quarter, Dennis Schroder (13 points) dissected the Knick’s defense for six easy points to the basket and got the team back on track. Even though the game felt like it was already decided halfway through the 4th, the Hawks began to play sloppy, but the lead was just too big for the Knicks to overcome.
The Hawks hope to continue their dominant performance at home on Friday against the Charlotte Hornets. Let’s Go Hawks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Malik Brown – @Retro_Boy_