Posted April 17, 2013 on AP on Fox
Carmelo Anthony won the scoring title without playing, and the Atlanta Hawks lost their chance to move up in the East standings. Chris Copeland scored 33 points on a night that belonged to the benches, and the New York Knicks wrapped up their winningest season in 16 years by beating the Hawks 98-92 on Wednesday. With Anthony and just about every important player on either side sitting, the Knicks finished 54-28, their most victories since going 57-25 in 1996-97. New York is the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference and will host the No. 7 Boston Celtics on Saturday. Atlanta would have earned the No. 5 seed in the East with a victory and a Chicago loss but apparently had no interest, resting Josh Smith, Al Horford, Jeff Teague, Devin Harris and Kyle Korver. The Hawks settled for sixth and will face No. 3 Indiana in the first round. Anthony finished with 28.7 points per game to end Kevin Durant's three-year run as scoring champion. Durant also sat out Wednesday and stayed at 28.1 ...
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