Hawks at Knicks
The resurgent Atlanta Hawks will aim for their fourth consecutive win when they travel to New York to face the Knicks on Sunday night. The Hawks might be pulling out of the tailspin they've been in the past month. After losing eight of 10, Atlanta has won three straight and is coming off a 123-111, double-overtime win over Boston on Friday - a game in which the Hawks overcame a 27-point deficit.
The Knicks are coming off a listless effort in Saturday's 97-80 loss at Philadelphia. They shot 34.6 percent and were just 4-for-27 from 3-point range. New York has gone 8-10 over its past 18 games after an 18-5 start. It's the first of three meetings this season. The Knicks took two of three contests with the Hawks a year ago.
TV: 6:30 p.m. ET, MSG (New York), ESPN
ABOUT THE HAWKS (25-18): Atlanta has settled into a slightly different rhythm since losing Lou Williams to a torn ACL. The focal point at the offensive end is still the post, though, where Josh Smith (16.7 points, 8.5 rebounds) and Al Horford (15.9 points, 9.9 rebounds) form a strong duo. Kyle Korver (11.4 points) has stepped up recently, scoring in double digits in six straight, including a season-high 27 points against Boston. Korver, who leads the league with a 47.1 percent clip from behind the arc, has made at least one 3-pointer in 37 straight games, five short of Mookie Blaylock's franchise record.
ABOUT THE KNICKS (26-15): New York has the league's No. 2 scorer in Carmelo Anthony (29 points, 6.2 rebounds) but the supporting cast has been inconsistent lately. J.R. Smith (16.1 points, 5.1 rebounds) is a streaky scorer coming off the bench, and point guard Raymond Felton (15.6 points, 6.2 assists) returned to the floor for the first time since breaking a finger on Christmas Day to score eight points Saturday. Amar'e Stoudemire is still easing his way back and scored a season-high 20 points in 27 minutes against the 76ers.
1. The Hawks have dished out 30 or more assists in three consecutive games for the first time since they did so in five straight from March 6-14, 1993.
2. Anthony has scored 20 or more points in 28 consecutive games, one short of Richie Guerin's franchise record.
3. Atlanta PG Jeff Teague needs three points to reach 2,000 for his career.
Knicks 95, Hawks 93