Atlanta Hawks win sixth straight, blowout Knicks 117-98


The Atlanta Hawks are the first team in the Eastern Conference to 20 wins. Atlanta has won sixth straight by defeating the New York Knicks, 117-98 on Saturday night.

The Atlanta Hawks move to 20-12 on the season after winning their sixth consecutive game. Atlanta blew out the New York Knicks Saturday night, 117-98 at Philips Arena. Cee Lo Green performed at halftime and after the game. All seemed well in the Highlight Factory on Saturday night.

This game between Eastern Conference foes was a tale of two halves. Though the New York Knicks shot well over 60% from the field in the first half, the Atlanta Hawks managed to only be down by three points at halftime, thanks to a Jeff Teague buzz beater.

Atlanta overcame a rough first quarter to put on a clinic against the Knicks in the final three frames. The Atlanta Hawks crushed the New York Knicks on the turnover differential, forcing 23 takeaways on the Knicks to only giving up the basketball nine times for Atlanta. The turnover margin proved as the biggest difference in Saturday night’s contest.

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The Atlanta Hawks had five players in double figures scoring against the New York Knicks. Paul Millsap had team highs in points (22), rebounds (seven), assists (seven), and steals (three). In a game that featured a Carmelo Anthony double-double (18 points, 12 rebounds), Millsap shined the brightest of the starters.

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Al Horford had 19 points, seven assists, six rebounds, two steals, and two blocks. In a game that had great big men like Kristaps Porzingis and Robin Lopez, Horford more than held his own in a physical game down low. Jeff Teague had 17 points, four assists, two rebounds, and two steals.

Off the bench for Atlanta, both Dennis Schroder and Mike Scott had double digits in scoring. While Schroder played well with 10 points, six assists, four rebounds, and two steals, it was Mike Scott who provided the Atlanta Hawks with great lift off the bench.

Scott had 18 points on 7-8 shooting. He has shot better than he ever has as a professional in Atlanta. He had to play huge minutes on Saturday night (20 minutes 35 seconds) as center Tiago Splitter had to exit the game early with an injury. Mike Scott is giving the Atlanta Hawks the jump shooting threat it has not had off the bench in the early part of the season. His ascendance of late has been a big reason the Atlanta Hawks have won six straight.

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The Atlanta Hawks will have Sunday off before flying up to Indianapolis to play Paul George and the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Tipoff is at 7:00 PM ET and the game will air on Fox Sports Southeast. Here’s to keeping the streak alive in Indy on Monday. Let’s Go Hawks!