Afflalo’s 38 Pushes Knicks Past Hawks

Joshua Broom —  January 3, 2016

Arron Afflalo scored a season-high 38 points as New York downed the visiting Hawks 111-97. Sunday’s victory was the Knicks’ first in three tries against Atlanta this season.

Afflalo -who is averaging 12.7 points on the year- finished seven-of-eight from three and 14-of-17 overall. Meanwhile, New York won for just the second time in the team’s previous seven outings.

The Knicks stormed out to an 11-2 lead, largely due to the impressive play of Jose Calderon -seven of Calderon’s nine points came in the opening stanza. However, Atlanta would finish the quarter on a 19-10 run to enter the second trailing 22-21.

New York would pound the glass to put Atlanta down by ten entering halftime. For the half, Atlanta was out rebounded by a wide 26-to-10 margin. The Knicks also shot 52.4 percent from the floor, while Atlanta struggled with a 40.5 percent clip.

During the second half, the Hawks would get no closer than eight -while trailing by as many as 18- en route to losing their 14th game of the season. Paul Millsap led all Atlanta scorers with 19. Other Hawks to add double-digit scoring included Bazemore (18), Horford (13), Teague (11), Mack (10) and Kyle Korver: who broke out of a prolonged slump to score 13.

Atlanta was out rebounded 45-to-31 on the night, while the Hawks’ starters were outscored 88-74. With the loss Atlanta drops to a virtual tie for third in the Eastern Conference, behind surging Chicago and Cleveland.

Joining Afflalo in twin-figures on his big night were Robin Lopez (16), Kristaps Porzingis (14) and Carmelo Anthony (11). New York won for the ninth time on their home floor this season. Anthony’s 11 points on Sunday tied his season low.

The Atlanta Hawks and New York Knicks wrap up their season series, from Philips Arena on Tuesday.

Joshua Broom