It's been a rough couple of weeks for Atlanta both before and after the All-Star break as their eight straight losses have sent them from the top half of the Eastern Conference standings to the lower rungs and in danger of being out of the Playoff picture even though the East is horrible this season.
Fortunately, Atlanta was able to rally around Mike Scott's career-high 30 points as the Hawks were able to beat the New York Knicks 107-98 at Philips Arena. Jeff Teague, DeMarre Carroll and Lou Williams also scored in double figures for the Hawks with 28, 24 and 14 points, respectively.
The Knicks didn't make it easy though as Carmelo Anthony led all players with 35 points, connecting on 13 of 25 field goal attempts including four of eight from beyond the arc. Just like the Hawks, the Knicks had four players scoring in double figures. Raymond Felton, JR Smith and Tyson Chandler (who also pulled down a season-high 23 rebounds) added 16, 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Atlanta has had to play the majority of the season without center Al Horford and now are playing without their All-Star forward Paul Milsap, who suffered a right knee contusion earlier in the week against Detroit.
The Hawks trailed by as many at 17 points in the game, but were able to finish the third quarter trailing by just five points. With about a minute played in the fourth quarter, Lou Williams hit a three-pointer to give Atlanta a 74-71 lead. They never trailed after that play.
As a team, Atlanta was did a great job of utilizing the three-point play, connecting on 16 of 31 in the game. Korver connected on two of his four attempts, bringing his NBA record of consecutive games with a made three-pointer now to 124 games.
Jeff Teague was very pleased with the team’s results after their long losing streak. ''It feels so good,'' Teague said. ''You work hard every day. We come in here and compete. We just couldn't get over the jump the last couple of games. To get one under our belt made us feel really good.''
Atlanta gets to enjoy a few days off before the Chicago Bulls come to down on Tuesday Feb 25. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30pm EST.