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Wow. Where to even start?

It took all 48 minutes of regulation and four overtime periods but the Hawks, eventually, emerged from Philips Arena with a 142-139 victory against the New York Knicks. Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with a season high 45 points while Brandon Jennings added 18 points. 23 of Melo’s 45 points came in the first half where Melo and the Knicks hung 65 first half points on the Hawks. Melo and Jennings were two of six Knicks who scored in double-digits.

One for the ages

What a game. How does one even try to break this game down? We’ll give it a shot anyways and we’ll start in the fourth quarter.

The Hawks took a 103-102 lead thanks to this lob from Dennis Schröder to Dwight Howard.

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The Atlanta Hawks won a nail-biter against the New York Knicks on Martin Luther King Day, 108-107 the final score at MSG. Carmelo Anthony led the way for the Knicks with 30 points (including two end of quarter buzzer-beaters) while Derrick Rose added 18 points.

A close encounter

What a game this was. Both teams played decent games, missing key players (Kristaps Porzingis and Lance Thomas out for the Knicks, Dwight Howard and Mike Muscala out for the Hawks) on the second night of a back-to-back (New York in action yesterday against the Raptors on the road while the Hawks faced the Bucks yesterday in Atlanta) and it was a tight affair for pretty much the whole game. No team led by more than eight points at any stage in a game that saw the game 20 lead changes and 14 game ties.

It was looking a little hairy for the Hawks in the final quarter, the Knicks began the final period on a 10-0 run to take a five point lead. The two teams went back and forth and the Knicks found themselves up five with just over 3 minutes remaining, but Tim Hardaway Jr. hit a big three-pointer to cut the Knick lead to just two points. Following a nice runner from Derrick Rose, the Knicks led 107-105 with just 43 seconds left. The Hawks didn’t panic, ran their offense and it ended — with the shot clock and the game, for that matter (since the Hawks would’ve had to have fouled if this missed), winding down — with a three-pointer from Dennis Schröder to put the Hawks up 108-107 with 22 seconds remaining.

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Scott Cunningham/NBAE/Getty Images

The Atlanta Hawks won their first overtime game since the March 18th 2014 as they outlasted the New York Knicks in overtime, 102-98. In what was an ugly affair to watch at times, the Hawks evened up the season series with the Knicks 1-1 and the victory lifts the Hawks back to .500 at 16-16. Derrick Rose led the way for the Knicks with 26 points while Kristaps Porzingis added 24 points.

An ugly game but Hawks get it done… eventually

While this was a closely contested and chippy game (no team led by more than eight points while four technical fouls and two flagrant fouls were issued) it was certainly not a pretty game. Both teams shot below 40% (37% for the Knicks, 36% for Atlanta) and both shot 7-of-27 from behind the arc. But those numbers don’t do this game justice, it was ugly to watch.

“It was scrappy. We did a lot of good things on the floor. The defense was pretty good down the stretch. We have to continue to get better.” — Dwight Howard

But the bottom line is the Hawks got this one done, snapping a long streak of losing in overtime. I want to look at the last possession of regulation, because the Hawks had the opportunity to win this game in regulation. Let’s take a look at it first.

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(Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

The Atlanta Hawks dropped their second game in a row, succumbing to a 104-94 loss at the hands of the New York Knicks at MSG. Paul Millsap led the Hawks with 19 points while Dwight Howard scored 18 points and pulled down 18 boards.

‘Mix and match’ uni’s return

Oh hey, the Hawks are doing this again: mixing and matching their road and alternate jerseys on road games on Sunday’s. How do you feel about these? Personally, I don’t mind this variation. It’s the black jersey with the red shorts that is a little too much for me…

(Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

(Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

No answer for Carmelo Anthony 

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Dennis Schröder’s play so far in the 2014-15 season has been a revelation.

Schröder scored 12 points in the fourth quarter as Jeff Teague sat on the bench to lead the Hawks to a 91-85 victory over the Knicks. Schröder also chipped in four dimes and four rebounds in 28 minutes of play, the most playing time he has received all season.

Paul Millsap finally snapped out of his offensive woes, scoring 19 points on 3-for-4 shooting from 3. Millsap’s play was particularly strong in the the third quarter, where he scored 12 of the Hawks’ 26 points to help give the Hawks a 64-59 lead.

The Knicks out-shot the Hawks from the field, but the Hawks continously attacked New York’s interior, resulting in a 28-12 free throw advantage for Atlanta. More impressive was that the Hawks made 27 of their 28 attempts from the charity stripe, which has been a spot where the team has struggled over the last several seasons. The Knicks, on the other hand, compounded their lack of attempts by only making seven of their 12 attempts.

Kyle Korver survived an 0-for-8 shooting stretch to tally 17 points on the night. Continue Reading…

The Hawks’ double overtime loss on Friday night to the Hornets was a disaster. It would be easy to say that the Hawks would enter crisis mode had they lost to the Knicks the following night.

Crisis averted.

Kyle Korver scored a season-high 27 points on 6-for-9 shooting from 3-point range to propel the Hawks back from a 13-point halftime deficit to win 103-96. Korver also chipped in three blocked shots, which was part of a stronger defensive effort from the Hawks in the second half. After allowing 61 points in the first, the Hawks only allowed 35 points in the second, as the Knicks recorded more shot attempts than points over the final two periods. (13-for-38 shooting)

This game really was the tale of two halves, as the Hawks were absolutely dreadful on both ends of the court in the first half. Notable first half stats include 35% shooting, allowing 61 points and nine offensive rebounds, and recording only six assists. The defensive effort is what concerned Coach Budenholzer the most.

“We were more focused on our defense,” said Budenholzer on the difference between the two halves. “I didn’t realize we only had six [assists] in the first half or what we finished with. Defensively is where our focus was tonight. We have to continue to get better there. The offense will come.” Continue Reading…

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 Continue Reading…

RECAP: Hawks 110, Knicks 90

Cole Patty —  November 16, 2013

FINAL

  NYK(3-6) 90 – 110 (6-4)ATL

Key Performers:
S. Mack (ATL): 12 pts, 12 ast (Yes, Shelvin Mack was the Key Performer)
C.Anthony (NYK): 23 pts, 12 reb, 2 ast
[FULL BOX SCORE]

This was one of the best full games Atlanta has put together all season. New York has loved to chuck their threes the past few years, but the Hawks were ready for it.  Watching the opponent go 10-30 from deep is improved for an Atlanta team that has been one of the bottom teams in the league from downtown. Offensively, seemingly everyone on the Hawks hit an extra gear scoring tonight. There were eight Hawks in double digit-points, and they all did it efficiently. 56.4% from the field and 40.9% from three are marks that are enviable by every other team in the league, and the ball movement was just as crisp.

There was only one real glaring negative. The Knicks had 19 offensive rebounds. On most nights you can’t allow for the opponent to have that many second chances and still expect a victory. The Knicks had twelve more field goal attempts with only one more free throw, but it ended up not being too important to the game with how Atlanta dominate offensively and defensively.

Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]

Al Horford: Al’s statline doesn’t come off as strong, but there are some contextual things behind that. Andrea Bargnani is to blame for the poor defensive rebounding numbers. Al was pulled away from the hoop more often than he would be against many other teams, and the Hawks effort on the glass as a whole suffered. Scoring wise, the points total isn’t high, but the team really didn’t need him to shoot more. With how everyone scored the ball, Al picked his spots and remained efficient. It was actually a sneaking good night from Al when considering he went 6-10 from the field and some solid defensive moments. 7/10

Jeff Teague: Jeff Teague looks pretty comfortable scoring the ball lately, huh? 5-9 from the field and 10 free throw attempts is the perfect recipe for an efficient night from the point guard. Defensively, Jeff was pretty good. The backdoor cut by Felton stands out as a moment that Teague was caught sleeping, but he kept moments like that to a minimum. Also, I wouldn’t worry about the assist numbers tonight. Some early feeds to Korver that normally go in didn’t and Jeff moved off the ball when he was playing with Shelvin. 7/10

Paul Millsap: Thirteen rebounds doesn’t tell the whole story of Millsap’s night on the glass. He looked amiss with Al Horford away from the hoop, and Carmelo had 5 of the Knicks 19 offensive rebounds. For every ball Millsap secured, there seemed to be a time where he should have really hit a guy with a box-out to prevent a fresh 24 seconds for the Knicks. Long-term this shouldn’t be much of a concern however, as the Knicks are one of the few teams that will isolate Paul down low by stretching the spacing from the five. Scoring the ball, Paul was just as efficient as Jeff and Al. 6/10

DeMarre Carroll: Even on a night that he shot 50% from the field the box score doesn’t give the full effect of DeMarre Carroll’s game tonight. The big thing here is he guarded J.R. Smith on a night Smith went 3-18 from the field. J.R. had four shots in the paint. Carroll lulling Smith into shooting 14 jumpers was instrumental in the Hawks getting the win tonight. 8/10

Kyle Korver: The streak is now 83. One of the biggest storylines for this Hawks team — to me — is how awesome some of Korver’s misses have been early. There were two sets that Kyle had so much space to operate, and he just missed an easy shot. This isn’t a critique, as much as a feeling there could be a night where Korver — despite his more consistent approach — goes crazy with the kinds of attempts he is seeing. Outside of this tangent, another solid scoring night, a few rebounds, and a good effort defensively means another strong game from Kyle. 7/10 Continue Reading…