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Scott scores career high 30 as Hawks beat Knicks

  • Article by: GEORGE HENRY
  • Associated Press
  • February 22, 2014 - 9:20 PM

ATLANTA — Mike Scott scored a career-high 30 points, Jeff Teague added 28 and the Atlanta Hawks snapped an eight-game losing streak with a 107-98 victory over the New York Knicks on Saturday night.

Carmelo Anthony finished with 35 points for the Knicks, who blew a double-digit, third-quarter lead for the second straight night.

New York has lost two straight and seven of nine to fall 5½ games behind Atlanta for the eighth and final Eastern Conference playoff spot.

Atlanta began the game without All-Star forward Paul Millsap, who sustained a right knee contusion late in the fourth quarter of Friday's loss at Detroit, but the Hawks rallied from a 17-point deficit in the third quarter to take a 74-73 lead on Lou Williams' 3 early in the fourth.

The Hawks never trailed again.

New York coach Mike Woodson said before the game that the Knicks were preparing to buy out the contracts of veterans Metta World Peace and Beno Udrih. Neither player made the trip to Atlanta.

DeMarre Carroll added 24 points for the Hawks.

Scott scored nine straight points to put the Hawks up 33-23 in the second, but New York went on a 33-6 run to take a 56-39 lead on Raymond Felton's long jumper early in the third.

Anthony grabbed a rebound midway through the third, dribbled up the court and hit a 3 from the right wing to make it 63-48. He and Hawks guard DeMarre Carroll were called for a double technical foul on Atlanta's ensuing possession and Woodson, who was defending Anthony to official Ed Malloy, was called for a technical, too.

The Knicks, who blew a 14-point lead in the third quarter and lost in double overtime Friday at Orlando, fell into another defensive lapse on the perimeter from the closing seconds of the third through the first two-plus minutes of the fourth.

Williams began the game 0 for 7 from the field, but hit three straight 3s, and Hawks also got one trey from Scott and Teague to take an 80-75 lead.

Scott's previous career high was 23 points at New York last April 17.

Elton Brand, the Hawks' 15th-year center, played a team-high 43 minutes, finishing with one point and six rebounds.

Atlanta outscored the Knicks by 17 points at the free throw line.

NOTES: Former Atlanta and New York coach Lenny Wilkens, 76, was honored at halftime by the Hawks 20 years after he led the team to its most recent division title in 1993-94. Wilkens, who last coached in 2004-05, was joined on the court by longtime friend and former teammate Paul Silas, former Hawks center Dikembe Mutombo and Atlanta general manager Danny Ferry, who played for Wilkens in Cleveland. .... Kyle Korver hit first 3-point attempt, extending his NBA record to 124 straight games with a trey. ... With Millsap injured, the Hawks requested waivers on G Jared Cunningham and signed C Dexter Pittman to a 10-day contract. Pittman did not play.

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