Carmelo Anthony scored 35 points to lead the New York Knicks to a close victory over the Atlanta Hawks, 111-106. The Knicks shot lights out in this game, finishing 44-87 (50.6%). New York (7-16) picked up the win after falling to the Boston Celtics on Friday.
Anthony shot 13-22 (3-5 from three-point range) and 6-6 from the free throw line, in what was an efficient performance. Other key players for New York included Andrea Bargnani with 23 points and 6 rebounds, and Pablo Prigioni with 11 points and 6 assists. Lou Williams had a quality performance off the bench for Atlanta despite the loss, putting up 27 points on 9-16 shooting, including 6-13 from behind the arc. Al Horford chipped in 17 points and 6 rebounds and Shelvin Mack finished with 10 points and 5 rebounds.
New York avoided turning the ball over, even against an Atlanta defense that forces the league's fifth-most turnovers (opponents' TO% of 22.3%). The Knicks finished this game with a TO% of 12.0%, and commit the fewest miscues in the NBA (TO% of 13.1%) thus far this season. Along with their eFG% of 55.2%, the Knicks connected at a rate of 42.1% from 3-point range. On the season, they are undefeated (3-0) when they record marks above 55% and 40% in those respective categories. Conversely, the Hawks are winless (0-6) when allowing their opponents to reach those percentages.
This drops Atlanta (12-12) to 1-2 against New York on the year.
Coming up, the Knicks battle the Washington Wizards, who are 9-13 on the season. The Hawks meet the Los Angeles Lakers, currently sitting at 11-12 this year. The Knicks are 0-1 versus Washington this season. The Hawks have a 0-1 record against Los Angeles this season.