RECAP: Hawks 107, Knicks 98

Bo Churney —  February 22, 2014

FINAL

   NYK(21-35) 98 – 107 (26-29)ATL

Key Performers:
M. Scott (ATL): 30 pts, 8 reb
C. Anthony (NYK): 35 pts, 4 reb, 3 ast
[FULL BOX SCORE]

Defining moment of this game is easy to find. After a Carmelo Anthony three-pointer with 5:56 left in the third quarter, Melo and DeMarre started jawing at each other, resulting in technical fouls for each of them, plus Mike Woodson. The game was 63-48 at the time. After that, DeMarre closed the quarter with 10 points, helping the Hawks to cut the deficit to just 73-68 when the quarter ended. From there, it became the Jeff Teague show, as Teague scored a career-high 16 fourth quarter points to propel the Hawks into the lead. The Knicks simply didn’t have an answer for Teague, as neither Felton nor JR Smith could contain the aggressive version of the Hawks’ point guard. And as Elton Brand said, “We got off that slide, that’s the most important thing.” The Hawks’ eight-game losing streak is now history.

Reaction grades [assessed 0-10]:

Jeff Teague: Raymond Felton and JR Smith make a great remedy for a long slump. Jeff appeared to re-injure his ankle in the first quarter, but he fought through it to put up one of his best efforts of the season. Teague was consistently able to get into the paint and draw contact, resulting in 15 trips to the foul line, where he made 13. Teague’s final line on the night was 28 points (16 in the fourth quarter), three rebounds, six assists, and only one turnover. 10/10

DeMarre Carroll: Carroll guarded Carmelo about as well as anyone can, but Melo was just making extremely tough shots at a high rate. Still, scoring 24 points is a great way to cut into Carmelo’s 35. As the intro says, it was DeMarre’s stretch in the third quarter that allowed them to get back into the game. DeMarre said after the game: “I’m trying to develop into a leader, because I think that’s what we’re really missing on this team.” If he keeps acting like this, the Hawks might have found a good one in Al Horford’s absence. 10/10

Kyle Korver: Not much going for Korver in this game. He only had seven points on eight shots, but did connect on two threes to extend the streak to 124 games. He wasn’t a part of the Hawks’ big run late in the game, which is weird, because most runs by this team are usually sparked by a couple of Korver makes. 4/10

Elton Brand: Elton Brand played 43 minutes tonight. ELTON BRAND PLAYED 43 MINUTES!!! The box score doesn’t really show his impact beyond his three blocked shots, but Coach Budenholzer commended Elton’s overall defensive effort and communication on the floor. Huge 43 minutes considering Elton is currently the team’s only healthy center. (Dexter Pittman doesn’t count) 8/10

Mike Scott: Usually I only have the starters in the first five, but Mike Scott’s game warrants getting bumped up here. Let me make this clear: Mike Scott scored 30 points on 14 shots. THIRTY! Teague and Williams did a great job of running pick-and-rolls that freed up Mike for open jumpers and Mike was hitting all of them. The 30 points are a career-high, surpassing his old high of 23, which came against the Knicks last season. 10/10

Shelvin Mack: Definitely not Shelvin’s best performance on the season. He was 1-for-9 from the floor and a lot of his shots looked awkward or were forced. That said, he conservative ball-handling was important at times and I think the Hawks value a guy that can be one of the main ball-handlers for 28 minutes and only turn it over once. 5/10

Lou Williams: Back-to-back threes from Lou at the beginning of the fourth were what swung the Hawks into the lead at the beginning of the fourth quarter. His shooting numbers (3-for-12) were bad, but his facilitating and defensive rebounding (seven dimes, nine boards) were critical for the Hawks’ offense and defense. 7/10

Cartier Martin: The Hawks had Cartier Martin play power forward for five minutes. It went as well as you would expect. INC/10

Dennis Schröder: He played… that’s really about it. INC

Mike Budenhozler: No Millsap, no Horford, no Pero, no Ayon, and Teague was playing on a bum ankle… This was an extraordinary effort from Budenholzer and his team to secure this victory and end the losing streak. 10/10

Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler: Something that is might be missed in this game is the super performance Carmelo gave on offense. Yes, he had the 35 points and those will surely be remember, but he also had a great passing performance that doesn’t show up in the box score because no one else for the Knicks could hit a shot. Huge props to Carmelo for this game on the fourth game in five nights for him, too. Tyson also had a good game, as he had 23 rebounds. 9/10

Everyone else on the Knicks: This is a great summary. 1/10

Next: Atlanta vs Chicago, Tuesday, February 25th

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