Hawks send Knicks to 5th straight home loss
NEW YORK (AP)
The Hawks sent the Knicks to a fifth straight home loss and in search of answers with a 110-90 victory Saturday. New York coach Mike Woodson said he might look at lineup changes, but his team's problems go well beyond who starts.
''We're not getting it done from an effort standpoint. It's like we're not even trying right now,'' Carmelo Anthony said.
Jeff Teague scored 16 points to lead eight Hawks in double figures. Paul Millsap, back in the starting lineup, had 14 points and 13 rebounds as Atlanta shot 56 percent and won for the fourth time in five games.
''Obviously a good effort on our entire group's part,'' coach Mike Budenholzer said. ''I think it was great to see the bench give us what they gave us tonight. I think defensively that was the closest to a complete game we've had.''
The Hawks avenged their most recent loss, a 95-91 Knicks victory in Atlanta. This was at MSG, where New York hasn't won since beating Milwaukee on Oct. 30 in its season opener, and where the fans are getting restless.
There were noticeable groans and boos in the arena, along with a few ''Fire Woodson!'' chants as the Knicks fell to 3-6.
''Games are starting to slip away, and especially at home,'' Woodson said. ''I mean, if this was happening on the road, I wouldn't be that concerned, but I'm very concerned about how we're playing here at home. We're not playing well and that shouldn't be.''
Anthony had 23 points and 12 rebounds for New York. Andrea Bargnani added 16 points and nine boards.
J.R. Smith shot 3 for 18 to fall to 8 for 43 at MSG this season after he was suspended the first five games for violating the NBA's anti-drug policy. He was yanked with a little under 4 minutes left after missing all six attempts in the second half.
''I'm playing (bad),'' Smith said. ''I played terrible. I've been terrible since I got back. I'm unhappy about it.''
So is Woodson, who will have to decide if last season's Sixth Man of the Year should return to a reserve role.
''I'm not just blaming it on J.R,'' Woodson said. ''Offensively, you're going to miss shots. There's nights where you just can't throw it in the ocean. But that has no excuse why you don't give effort defensively.''
The Knicks fell to 0-4 in their orange uniforms, which made for an ugly match on the court with the Hawks wearing red. And they had a four-game winning streak against Atlanta snapped.
Up 11 after three quarters, the Hawks let the Knicks get within five, then put it away with a 12-2 burst that included a four-point play by Kyle Korver, who extended his streak with a 3-pointer to 83 games, pulling within six of Dana Barros' NBA record.
Korver scored 15 for the Hawks, who followed a 113-103 home victory over Philadelphia on Friday with another powerful performance.
They are still holding down Amare Stoudemire's minutes as he works his way back from a third knee surgery in the last year, and said the limited time on the court isn't working for him or his teammates. He talked with Woodson earlier Saturday and said he hoped his minutes could double, though the only thing Woodson committed to while talking to reporters was getting Stoudemire more repetitions in practice.
The Knicks led 26-24 after one before Mike Scott, Gustavo Ayon and Shelvin Mack led a bench unit on a 17-3 burst to open the second that gave Atlanta a 41-29 advantage. The Hawks led 54-47 at halftime.
Mack had 12 points and 12 assists.
''Man, those guys stepped up real big for us tonight,'' Millsap said. ''They did a great job coming off and sparking that energy for us. They came in, executed well, played great defense. Goose (Ayon) was on the glass. Going forward, that's what we're going to need. We're going to need a bench to compete in this league.''
NOTES: Woodson said he wouldn't tell Smith to stop using Twitter, and Smith said he didn't plan to. Smith was fined $25,000 by the NBA on Friday for his inappropriate tweet directed at Detroit's Brandon Jennings, the second time he's been fined that total for a post on the social media site. Woodson had said Thursday he may consider a policy banning Twitter. ... Stoudemire had five points in 14 minutes on his 31st birthday.
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