Melo tossed, Hawks outlast Knicks in OT

It took overtime, but in the end the Atlanta Hawks survived a home court meeting (of sorts) against the visiting New York Knicks by a final score of 102-98 on Wednesday night.

Behind a game-high 27 points from point guard Dennis Schroder and a double-double from Dwight Howard (16 points and 22 rebounds), the Hawks were able to remain competitive in a contest that featured 15 lead changes and 11 ties.

Anthony making contact with Sefolosha’s head.

Throughout the night the atmosphere in Philips Arena seemingly morphed into Madison Square Garden South as the assemblage of Knicks fans put on a deafening display of boos and cheers. Knicks fans on hand especially voiced their displeasure following the ejection of All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony in the second quarter after his backhanded push-slap to the head of Hawks guard Thabo Sefolosha that led to pushing before the two were eventually separated by officials and teammates. Following a review of the play the referees deemed Anthony’s actions a flagrant-2 foul and he was tossed from the game with 3:08 in the second quarter after he had scored 10 points.


The ensuing confrontation.

Despite the loss of its star New York still managed to take a slight edge (47-45) into halftime thanks to efforts from a seemingly healthy Derrick Rose and second-year forward Kristaps Porzingis who was 2-for-3 from three-point range in the first half. Schroder dropped 11 of his 13 first half points in the second quarter (5-for-6 shooting) as he found a variety of ways to score in an effort to keep the Hawks from falling behind by double-digits.


Anthony’s ejected.

The second half was a mirror image of the first half as both teams exchange runs and exciting plays. Ultimately it would come
down to both teams’ point guard getting a shot to win it in a game tied a 85-85. Rose missed a floater with eight seconds remaining and Schroder returned the favor after missing a floater as time expired to send the game into overtime.

Atlanta Hawks center Dwight Howard nails two free-throws to tie the game late in the fourth quarter.

In overtime, the Knicks started cold while the Hawks were able to jump ahead thanks to back-to-back three-pointer from Sefolosha and Kyle Korver put Atlanta up 92-88 with just under three minutes remaining. After falling behind, New York battled back and found itself on defense in a one possession game (92-89), but after a no-call on a charge led to an easy dunk for Dwight Howard, Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek lost it and was eventually assessed a technical foul that all but closed the door on the Knicks for a comeback following the made free-throw by Korver that put Atlanta up comfortably 95-89 with. Rose finished with a team-high 26 points and Porzingis followed that up with 24 in the loss.

Up next, the Hawks (16-16) will host the Detroit Pistons (15-19) on Friday while the Knicks (16-15) will travel to face the New Orleans Pelicans(13-21).




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