NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, April 3rd
(All times Eastern)
New York Knicks (47-26) at Atlanta Hawks (42-33), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The New York Knicks have won nine straight games and will
try to extend their winning streak Wednesday night when they visit the Atlanta
The Knicks' run reached nine games with a road victory over the defending
champion Miami Heat. Miami rested LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Mario
Chalmers, but the Knicks still ended a 17-game home winning streak of the Heat
on Tuesday with a 102-90 victory.
"We want to win our division, so these guys are playing for something," said
Knicks coach Mike Woodson. "Every game means something. It's important we
continue to win."
The Knicks are five games ahead of the Brooklyn Nets for the Atlantic Division
lead. They pulled into a virtual tie for second in the Eastern Conference with
the Indiana Pacers.
Carmelo Anthony was unreal on Tuesday. He matched his career-high with 50
points on an impressive 18-for-26 shooting and 7-for-10 from beyond the 3-
"I felt it today," said Anthony, who went 7-for-7 to open the game.
"Regardless of who suited up, we wanted to win this basketball game for our
own confidence, our own momentum. It was one of those nights, the goal felt
like it was an ocean out there. The ball went in tonight."
J.R. Smith (14) and Raymond Felton (10) were the only other Knicks in double
Tyson Chandler returned from a long absence due to a bulging disc in his neck.
He only managed one point, two rebounds and two blocks in a shade under 24
The Hawks have won two straight and are fifth in the Eastern Conference.
Atlanta is just a game behind the Nets for the fourth seed and homecourt
advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
Their last two victories both came at home and Wednesday's game will be the
third of a four-game homestand. Philadelphia comes to town on Friday night.
The Hawks' most recent win came against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday,
Devin Harris netted a season-high 25 points. Al Horford returned from a two-
game absence with 16 points and Josh Smith missed a triple-double by two
assists thanks to 18 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists.
"We're looking to build from this," said Atlanta coach Larry Drew. "We're
going to have to roll our sleeves up and get back to grinding our wins out,
getting back to that defensive mentality."
The Knicks, who are 12-2 against the Southeast Division this season, won the
only matchup of the season with Atlanta in Madison Square Garden. The two
teams close the regular season on April 17 in New York.
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