If you were in Philips Arena on Wednesday December 28th as the Atlanta Hawks hosted the New York Knicks, you experienced a hack of a game. The Atlanta Hawks now stand at (16-16) after a (102-98) overtime victory against the (16-15) New York Knicks.
The game got very interesting the second quarter between the Hawks and Knicks after a brief confrontation between Knicks star Carmelo Anthony and Hawks star Thabo Sefolosha. While battling for a rebound in the second quarter, Carmelo Anthony hit Thabo Sefolosha in the mouth and he was ejected from the game. In his 15 minutes of play, Carmelo Anthony was (4-9) from the field and finished with 10 points and 5 rebounds.
For the Knicks, once Carmelo Anthony left the game, Derrick Rose became the Knicks offensive leader. Rose shot (9-28) from the field and finished with 26 points along with 7 rebounds and 6 assist. Rose kept his team in the game but a turnover in overtime may have been the New York’s lost. Knicks sophomore star Kristaps Porzingus was effective in the game. Porzingus finished with 24 points but he missed two foul shots in the final ten seconds of overtime that costed the Knicks big time. Knicks center Joakim Noah had a good night with 14 points and 16 rebounds.
For the Atlanta Hawks, it appears to me that when Dennis Schroder and Dwight Howard have big games, the Hawks win. Dwight Howard continues to be a menace in the paint as he finished with 16 points and 22 rebounds. Howard was also (4–6) from the free throw line. Hawks point guard Dennis Schroder’s game seems to be growing right in front of us. Schroder finished the game with 27 points and 5 assist on (11-21) shooting.
The Atlanta Hawks return to the court on Friday December 30th as they host the Detroit Pistons. The New York Knicks continue their road trip on Friday as they take on the New Orleans Pelicans in New Orleans. Stay tuned to HHS1987 for more NBA news. Follow @eldorado2452 on Twitter and Instagram for all your Atlanta Hawks sports news.
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