(27-15) 106 – 104 (25-19)
J. Teague (ATL): 27 pts, 5 reb, 6 ast
C. Anthony (NYK): 42 pts, 5 reb
[FULL BOX SCORE]
This one is going to sting for the Hawks. They shot 60% from the field, over 40% from three, and were 16-20 from the line… but lost. The team committed 19 turnovers, with Horford uncharacteristically being the biggest offender with five. The Hawks had their chance and were leading late, but committed too many mistakes with the game on the line, including getting too close to Carmelo on a drive that resulted in a “foul”. Few calls seemed to benefit the Hawks in this one, with a key miss happening in the first quarter; Jannero Pargo was called for a clear-path foul on J.R. Smith in a situation in which he was clearly ahead of Smith. Then, Smith hit both of the free throws and knocked down an open jumper to give the Knicks a critical four-point swing.
Of course, it’s also hard to win when Carmelo is hitting from here.
Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]
Josh Smith: We see all of the facets of Josh’s game in this one. He took head-scratching shots (and made some), dominated inside, and made some key turnovers. Overall, he did well, hitting 9/16 from the field, but missing the potential game-winning three on the last possession. I will talk more about Josh from this game in a later post. 8/10
Al Horford: Al made all eight of his shots in this one, which was somewhat limited due to foul trouble. He was clearly irate with the foul calling in this one, which seems to be becoming increasingly common from the usually stoic Horford. However, his real mistakes hurt, as he missed both of his free throw tries, and turned the ball over five times. 7.5/10
DeShawn Stevenson: After only going 1-8 in his last game, DeShawn went 4-6 from behind the arc in this one, and had another play were he converted an and-one. (I know, right?) Of course, he also drew the unfortunate task of guarding Carmelo for several stretches, which is something he probably wishes he had done a little bit better. (he did well for the most part, but also helped off of Melo a couple of times while he was on fire) 7/10
Kyle Korver: He had to start missing at some point, right? Only 3-8 from the field in this one, but was 5-5 from the line, and grabbed a team-high seven rebounds. 5/10
Jeff Teague: One of his best games of the season will probably go unnoticed because of Carmelo’s explosion, and because he somewhat disappeared late in the game. He had 27 points, five boards, six assists, and was the biggest factor for this being a tie game at halftime. Unfortunately, he really couldn’t get anything going in the fourth quarter (credit to an ailing Tyson Chandler) and made a couple of turnovers. 8/10 Continue Reading…