Carmelo Anthony's go-ahead three-point play with 12.5 seconds remaining proved to be the difference as the Atlanta Hawks fell to the New York Knicks 106-104.
The Atlanta Hawks came up just short at Madison Square Garden falling 106-104 to the New York Knicks. Carmelo Anthony scored 42 points including the go ahead three-point play with just 12 seconds remaining. The Hawks have their three-game winning streak snapped and lose despite shooting 60 percent from the field.
Josh Smith found Al Horford with alley oop dunk to put Atlanta up 104-103 with just 1:34 remaining. The Hawks had a chance to increase the lead before Smith was whistled for a backcourt violation after he picked up his dribble just across the halfcourt line and pivoted to make a pass. The Hawks forced an Anthony miss but gave the ball back to the Knicks after Smith was whistled for a foul while trying to set a screen on a high pick and roll with Jeff Teague.
That gave New York the ball down one with just 12.5 remaining in the game. Larry Drew switched Smith onto Anthony for the final possession and placed DeShawn Stevenson on Amare Stoudemire. Anthony took the inbounds pass and used his quickness to get the step on Smith and laid it in plus the foul to put the Knicks up 106-104.
The Hawks had one last shot at it but Jeff Teague was smothered on the drive and kicked the ball out to Smith who hoisted a long three that missed giving the Knicks the victory.
Teague led the Hawks with 27 points and six assists. Smith finished with 20 points on 9-16 shooting. Al Horford made all eight of his field goal attempts and finished with 16 points. Stevenson came off the bench and chipped in 15 points including four threes.
The Hawks struggled to slow down Anthony who pumped in his 42 points on 15-28 shooting and 9-12 from beyond-the-arc. J.R. Smith and Amare Stoudemire chipped in 18 each off the bench while Raymond Felton finished with 12 points and 10 assists.
Atlanta hit 60 percent of its shots, outscored the Knicks 50-22 in the paint and had a 17-8 edge in fast break points. However, they couldn't overcome 16 made threes by New York while also committing 19 turnovers in the game.
The Hawks are off on Monday and Tuesday before returning to the court to take on the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday at Philips Arena.
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