Here are three observations from the Atlanta Hawks' 95-82 loss to the Eastern Conference's No. 2 seed, the New York Knicks, on Wednesday night:
1. Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith controlled the game from the tip.
Anthony, who has been on a ridiculous tear during the Knicks' current 10-game winning streak, made the first basket of the game which was not a problem for the Hawks in and of itself, except for the fact that he went on to pour in 38 more points (17-of-27 shooting) for his sixth game this season with 40 or more. Remember, he just put up half-a-century on the Heat on Tuesday. Now, after Wednesday's effort, he is averaging 31.4 points over his past nine games.
Anthony also logged five rebounds and three assists.
For his part, J.R. Smith produced his typical give-and-take offensive game. However, despite a team-leading five turnovers, his 19 points provided a spark off the bench. Ten of his points came in the fourth quarter as the Knicks pulled away for the 13-point win.