Carmelo Anthony shot a mediocre 10 for 27 from the field, a night after shooting 4/16, as the New York Knicks suffered a 112-101 loss to Atlanta Hawks at Madison Square Garden Thursday night.
Anthony’s 14/43 shooting performance in the season thus far doesn’t augur well for the revamped Knicks despite the fact that Derek Fisher’s team won the opening night clash against Milwaukee Bucks. Anthony finished with 25 points while Robin Lopez had 18 points and only 4 rebounds.
On Thursday, Hawks co-captains Jeff Teague (23 points, 8 assists) and Al Horford (21 points, 9 rebounds, 3 blocks) led the charge as last year’s Eastern Conference top seed registered their first win of the new season, after losing to Detroit Pistons on Tuesday. While the Knicks shot a paltry 40% from the field and 20% from deep, Hawks shot an efficient 50 and 42 respectively and looked more like the 60-win team that we saw last year.
Marksman Kyle Korver drained 15 points while Paul Millsap added 11 points and 11 boards for the Hawks.
Kristaps Porzingis had 10 points but impressed on the defensive end with 3 steals and a block. The New York crowd cheered on the Latvian rookie, especially during his steal and spin move on his dribble that led to a monster dunk (see video below). The No 4 draft pick has definitely proved his worth thus far.
New York’s other rookie, Jerian Grant, registered seven assists to go along with his five points. It’s only a matter of time until Grant replaces veteran Jose Calderon in the starting unit.