Carmelo Anthony leads New York Knicks to a big victory over Atlanta Hawks with 42 points and nearly a New York Knick record. Carmelo Anthony shot 15/28 from the field but more importantly shot 9/12 from 3 point range, which tied the previous New York Knicks record held by Toney Douglas, Latrell Sprewell (twice), and John Starks. 9 3 pointers in one game is the New York Knicks record which is just 2 behind the NBA record for a single game, which is 11.
The slugfest started early as the first quarter was fast paced and high scoring. New York Knicks defense struggled with stopping the pick and roll and stopping Jeff Teague from getting to the basket. Jeff Teague had a team high 27 points and seemed to be penetrating the lanes all game. Also, pick and roll partner Al Horford added 16 and was tough to stop.
Luckily, New York Knicks offense came ready to play and shot 54% from the field and 60% from behind the arc. They hit 16 three's thanks to Carmelo Anthony's 9, and helped out by two each from Pablo Prigioni, Iman Shumpert, and Raymond Felton.
Some keys to the win for the Knicks was their quick start and great shooting. Carmelo Anthony carried this team tonight but was greatly helped out by fellow star Amare Stoudemire who had 18 points and 8 rebounds. Amare Stoudemire has been coming on strong lately and has been looking great. He had a very efficient game shooting 6/9. The only negative for Amare Soudemire was his 3 turnovers but all-in-all a very good performance by the New York Knicks big man.
With the positives, come some negatives. New York Knicks allowed Atlanta too shoot 60% from the field. Jeff Teague and Al Horford had their way in the paint. Al Horford was 8/8 from the field. new York Knicks struggled on defense tonight but they simply outscored and out-shot the Hawks.
New York Knicks will not be able to succeed if this becomes a habit, but hopefully they will be able to turn it around against Orlando Magic in their next matchup on Wednesday January, 30th. With Raymond Felton returning and playing well tonight, the Knicks need to take advantage of the weaker team, Orlando Magic, and not play down to the competition like they often do.
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