Atlanta Hawks’ Paul Millsap, right, reaches for a loose ball against New York Knicks’ Langston Galloway during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Dec. 26, 2015, in Atlanta.(AP Photo/David Goldman)
The Hawks continued their great play last night with a 117-98 win over the New York Knicks. It wasn’t all so great at the beginning of the game for the ball club as they started off slow. The Knicks started with a 18-4 lead as they shot 73%, while the Hawks were 2/10 from the field. Carmelo Anthony (18 PTS) scored a quick 9 points as he took advantage of the height differences of Kent Bazemore and Thabo Sefolosha. The lead was as big as 15 in the first quarter, and while the Hawks were able to cut the lead down at times, New York couldn’t miss a shot. The Hawks continued to fight late in the first half and received strong efforts from Mike Scott (18 PTS) and Lamar Patterson (7 PTS). The Hawks began to force turnovers and the lead was cut down to 3 going into halftime.
The Hawks continued their stingy defense into the third quarter and their great 3 point shooting gave them their first lead of the game. Mike Scott came out firing on all cylinders as it seemed as if he couldn’t miss any shots down the stretch. At the end of the third the Hawks were able to hold the Knicks to only 12 points. After the great defense and the offensive surge from the team , Atlanta didn’t look back from then on. From being down to as much as 15 points in the first half, the Hawks were up by as much than 20 points in the game. The Knicks struggled to make a shot at the end and the Hawks were able to run away with a good team win.
Atlanta will look to build on their 6 game winning streak on Monday against the Indiana Pacers .
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