Millsap helps Hawks soar over fading Knicks
(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...