Balanced Hawks cruise past Knicks

Fri Oct 30, 2015 12:10am EDT
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(The Sports Xchange) - The Atlanta Hawks were one of the most unselfish teams in the NBA last season, ranking second in the league in assists and in a 112-101 win over the New York Knicks on Thursday, the Hawks once again shared the ball and the scoring.

Jeff Teague led the Hawks (1-1) with 23 points, Al Horford had 21, Kyle Korver contributed 15 and Dennis Schroder came off the bench to record 13 points.

Paul Millsap chipped in with 11 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and five steals, while Tiago Splitter added 10 points.

"I think the ball moved better," Atlanta coach Mike Budenholzer said. "Our offense fed off our defense, and we could get out and run. "Guys were seeing team mates, making good decisions and good reads."

Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks (1-1) with 25 points.

Robin Lopez, a free agent acquisition over the summer, added 18 points, and rookie forward Kristaps Porzingis scored 10 and grabbed eight rebounds. Kyle O'Quinn contributed 10 points and 10 boards.

Anthony is a combined 14-for-43 (32.6 percent) from the field in the Knicks' first two games.

"We have to get to a point where we are concerned with winning percentages and not shooting percentages," Knicks coach Derek Fisher said. "Being good takes time."

The Knicks never got closer than the 11-point final differential in the fourth quarter.   Continued...

Oct 29, 2015; New York, NY, USA; Atlanta Hawks guard Jeff Teague (0) slam dunks the ball against the New York Knicks during the second half of an NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden. The Hawks defeated the Knicks 112-101. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports