Scott scores career high 30 as Hawks beat Knicks

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 22, 2014 at 10:30 pm •  Published: February 22, 2014
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ATLANTA (AP) — With Paul Millsap nursing a sore knee and Al Horford likely out for the season, Mike Scott filled a big void to help the Atlanta Hawks snap an eight-game skid.

Scott scored a career-high 30 points, Jeff Teague added 28 and the Hawks rallied to beat the New York Knicks 107-98 on Saturday night.

"We were down Paul, down so many bodies," Scott said. "It was great for everyone to come out and play and finally get a win."

Carmelo Anthony finished with 35 points and Tyson Chandler had a season-high 23 rebounds 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 Millsap, who sustained a right knee contusion late in Friday's loss at Detroit, but the Hawks rallied from a 17-point deficit to take a 74-73 lead on Lou Williams' 3-pointer early in the fourth.

The Hawks, who finished 16 for 31 beyond the arc, never trailed again.

"It feels so good," Teague said. "You work hard every day. We come in here and compete. We just couldn't get over the jump the last couple of games. To get one under our belt made us feel really good."

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 made the trip to Atlanta, but Anthony indicated the team's problems are bigger than one or two players.

"It's same things, different days," Anthony said. "It's starting to get tough to handle. It's definitely tested me. The frustration has definitely sunk in."

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.

"I think the biggest thing is a lot of people get caught up in me and Carmelo trash talking, but I think it was bigger than Carmelo tonight," said Carroll, who finished with a season-high 24 points. "Coach (Mike Budenholzer) told me that you've got to learn how to get your guys motivated. If I've got to talk to our guys to get Jeff Teague scoring (eight) in a row and Mike knocking down 3s and Lou, that's why I've got to do."

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