Millsap helps Hawks soar over fading Knicks

Sat Dec 26, 2015 10:22pm EST
Email This Article |
Share This Article
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
| Print This Article | Single Page
[-] Text [+]

(The Sports Xchange) - Forward Paul Millsap scored 22 points to lead the Atlanta Hawks to a 117-98 victory over the fading New York Knicks at Philips Arena on Saturday.

The Hawks, last year's top seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs, overcame an early 15-point deficit to win for the sixth consecutive time.

The good run has enabled Atlanta (20-12) to surge into second place in the Eastern Conference, just percentage points behind the first-place Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Knicks (14-17) were manhandled under the basket by the smaller Hawks and dropped their third straight game. Atlanta outscored the Knicks 62-32 in the paint.

New York forward Carmelo Anthony returned the lineup after missing a loss at Cleveland on Wednesday with a sprained ankle. Anthony scored 18 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead the Knicks.

Rookie forward Kristaps Porzingis finished with nine points.

The Hawks led 87-75 entering the fourth quarter and the advantage quickly ballooned to 20 on a straight-on three-pointer from guard Kyle Korver with 6:10 to play.

It was the sharp-shooting Korver's only bucket of the game but his team mates picked up the slack.

Forward Mike Scott came off the bench to score 18 points, including a pair of three-pointers, and forward Kent Bazemore also connected twice from long range.   Continued...

Dec 26, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Hawks guard Dennis Schroder (17) dyed 17 in his hair during the first quarter against the New York Knicks  at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports