Dec 14, 10:19 PM EST
Anthony scores 35, Knicks beat Hawks 111-106By BRIAN MAHONEY
AP Basketball Writer
NEW YORK (AP) -- Carmelo Anthony scored 35 points, Andrea Bargnani added 23 and the New York Knicks pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat the Atlanta Hawks 111-106 on Saturday night.
Pablo Prigioni had a season-high 11 points and was a spark in the decisive 11-0 run midway through the final period as the Knicks finished strong one night after a fourth-quarter flop cost them in a loss at Boston.
Lou Williams scored a season-high 27 points in his best game since returning from knee surgery, but the Hawks committed 27 turnovers - most in the NBA this season - that led to 36 points and negated their 60.6 percent shooting.
Paul Millsap scored 18 but fouled out, and Al Horford finished with 17.
The Knicks wore their regular whites instead of the alternate orange uniforms they've been wearing for weekend home games. They're 0-6 in the orange, including a 110-90 loss to the Hawks at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 16, when they caused a color clash with Atlanta's red.
New York's lead was just 87-83 before Anthony's 3-pointer with 6:26 remaining. Prigioni then hit one, followed that with a steal and a layup, and then fed Bargnani for another 3 that made it 98-83 with 5:11 to play.
Starting for injured point guard Raymond Felton, Prigioni also had six assists and harassed the Hawks' ballhandlers into a number of mistakes.
Kyle Korver scored 13 points, making four of Atlanta's six 3-pointers in the third quarter to extend his NBA record to 93 straight games with at least one. That helped the Hawks pull to 81-77.
Still without injured starters Tyson Chandler and Felton, the Knicks also were without Kenyon Martin, who has a strained left abdominal muscle. But they somewhat surprisingly had Amare Stoudemire, who said Friday he expected to be ordered to take the night off by the training staff in what was the team's fourth game in five days.
Instead, Stoudemire - who was barred from playing on back-to-back nights earlier this season and had his minutes restricted coming off another knee surgery - said he felt great and wanted to play. And face it, the Knicks need all the help they can get. Coach Mike Woodson acknowledged that Stoudemire probably wouldn't have played if the Knicks were 15-5, but they're only 7-16. Stoudemire scored nine.
The Hawks started well but perhaps lacked energy after a 101-99 overtime victory against Washington on Friday at home on Horford's jumper at the buzzer.
Anthony had 11 points in the first quarter, shooting 5 of 7 as the Knicks took a 26-22 lead. Atlanta had a one-point lead with under 5 minutes left in the second before Tim Hardaway Jr. made a 3-pointer and dunked, starting a 12-0 run that gave the Knicks a 52-41 advantage.
J.R. Smith got the start for Martin after taking just one shot in the loss at Boston. Smith said after the game he was focusing on distributing to his teammates, an idea so out of character that Woodson had trouble keeping a straight face when asked about it Saturday.
Smith took eight shots, but made only one and finished with two points.
NOTES: Woodson said the medical staff was still evaluating Martin's injury, but he expects the forward to be out a little while. ... The Hawks were without Gustavo Ayon, who didn't travel because of a sprained left ankle.