Turnovers Doom Hawks In New York

Saturday, December 14, 2013
By Robby Kalland

Atlanta Hawks v Miami Heat

The Hawks shot 60.6% (40-of-66) from the field and 46.9% (15-of-32) from three-point range, but 27 turnovers led to 36 points for the Knicks, who beat Atlanta 111-106. The Hawks were a bit sloppy from start to finish, and it looked like the back-to-back took its toll on the team, who were a step slow at times in their motion and threw some late or lazy passes on the perimeter.

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The bright spot on the night for the Hawks was the play of Lou Williams, who had a season-high 27 points on 9-of-16 shooting (6-of-13 from three) in his first game playing on a back-to-back since returning to the lineup. Williams’ shooting helped the Hawks fight back from 15 point deficits in both the third and fourth quarters, but the Hawks never were able to complete a comeback.

Paul Millsap was the Hawks’ next leading scorer behind Williams with 18 points along with eight rebounds and four steals, but he was also the leader in turnovers with nine. Millsap was efficient shooting the ball, going 7-of-9 from the field, but struggled with ball security and also got hit with a few offensive foul calls. Al Horford had 17 points and six rebounds, and, like Millsap, went 7-of-9 from the field.

Atlanta Hawks v New York Knicks

Carmelo Anthony had a monster game for the Knicks with 35 points, his eighth career 30+ point game against Atlanta, with six rebounds, four assists, and two steals. Melo shot 59.1% from the field and was 3-of-5 from the three-point line. He was aggressive getting to the basket early, which forced defenders to play off of him, allowing him space to get off jumpers once he warmed up.

Along with Anthony, Andrea Bargnani had a big night for the Knicks with 23 points (68.8% shooting), six rebounds, and two blocks. Bargnani was often the beneficiary of the Hawks having to put their focus on Anthony, which left him open space on the perimeter and in the mid-range to get good looks.

The Knicks as a team shot the ball well, going 50.6% from the field and 42.1% from three. The Hawks’ turnovers on the offensive end put a lot of pressure on their defense. The Hawks were often scrambling to get back on defense and which led to mismatches and some open shot attempts for the Knicks.

Tim Hardaway, Jr. came off the bench and gave the Knicks a lift with 13 points, four rebounds, three steals, and two assists. Hardaway, Jr. helped energize the Knicks in the second quarter and was a big part of the Knicks run that gave them a nine point halftime lead.

Pablo Prigioni got the start at point guard and took advantage of the opportunity with 11 points, including three three-pointers, and four steals. Prigioni pressured the ball and got in passing lanes, frustrating Jeff Teague into a rough night with four points, six assists, and four turnovers.

The Knicks move to 7-16 with the win and now lead the season series with the Hawks 2-1. The Hawks fall back to .500 at 12-12 and will be back in action Monday night back in Atlanta against the Lakers.

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