Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 1/27/13
NEW YORK -- Carmelo Anthony had hurt the Atlanta Hawks from 3-point range all game, but he finished them off with a driving layup in the final seconds. Anthony drove for the game-winning basket, then hit a free throw to convert a three-point play as the Knicks squeezed out a 106-104 win over the Atlanta Hawks at Madison Square Garden on Sunday night. Anthony drove around Josh Smith to hit a layup and then converted a free throw for a three-point play to give the Knicks a 106-104 lead with 12.5 seconds left. Smith's attempt at a game-winning 3-pointer then bounced off the rim just before time expired. Anthony led the Knicks with 42 points, tying Richie Guerin's club record of 29 consecutive games with 20 points or more. Amar'e Stoudemire added 18 points off the bench, including many in key moments in the final quarter. J.R. Smith, who entered the game having hit just three of his past 24 shots from the field, added 18 for New York (27-15). Jeff Teague led the Hawks with 27 points while Josh Smith scored 20. Al Horford had 16 and DeShawn Stevenson added 15 for Atlanta (25-19), which ended its three-game winning streak. The Hawks were lights out from the field and the Knicks were equally as impressive from 3-point range. Atlanta hit 60 percent from the field while New York shot 59.3 percent on its threes. The teams clung to each other down the tense stretch, neither team able to open much breathing room. Atlanta took a 102-101 lead when Korver hit a free throw when Anthony was called for a technical after slamming the ball down after getting poked in the eye by DeShawn Stevenson. But Stoudemire, who scored eight points in the fourth quarter, answered with two free throws to give the Knicks a 103-102 lead with 1:42 left. Horford countered with a basket to give Atlanta a 104-103 lead with 1:34 to play, before Anthony eventually hit the game-winner. Trailing by eight to start the fourth quarter, the Hawks went on a 12-4 run to begin the period and tie the game 86-86 with 7:32 to play, when Horford hit his second straight basket inside. The Knicks used a 14-4 run at the end of the third quarter to enter the final period with an 82-74 lead. Anthony, who scored 17 points in the quarter and was 5-of-5 on 3-pointers, hit a three to open and close the run. Felton hit his own three and fed Stoudemire with a no-look pass for an impressive jam during the stretch. The teams entered halftime tied, 52-52, thanks largely to Teague's 18 points before the break and Anthony's 16. The Knicks opened a 38-28 lead in the second quarter, but Teague scored eight of Atlanta's points during a 14-5 run that got the Hawks back in the game. Anthony answered with three straight 3-pointers as the Knicks went up 52-47, but Atlanta ran off the last five points before the half. NOTES: Knicks forward Rasheed Wallace, who's been out since Dec. 13 with a left foot injury, could return to practice this week, coach Mike Woodson said before the game. ... Point guard Jason Kidd, who had to receive treatment for his back Saturday during the fourth quarter against Philadelphia and played only 14 minutes, was back in the starting lineup for the Knicks on Sunday, but only played in the first half. ... Hawks shooting guard Devin Harris hadn't started Atlanta's previous two games, but started Sunday night after scoring 14 points off the bench in Friday's win over the Boston Celtics. Hawks coach Larry Drew told reporters before the game he wanted to get Harris "back acclimated in the starting lineup." ... Drew said it was no longer strange to see his predecessor in Atlanta, Woodson, coaching on another sideline. "It's beyond that," Drew said in his pre-game press conference.
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