The New York Knicks are on a roll. Carmelo Anthony has the hot-hand. It seems that the way the Knicks have been playing, it will be very tough for any team to beat them. The Knicks won their 10th straight game, beating the Atlanta Hawks on the road, 95-82.
Carmelo Anthony coming off a 50-point effort against the Heat on Tuesday night, did it again, this time scoring 40 points against a hapless Hawks defense that had no chance of stopping Anthony. After a slow start, in which Anthony started the night shooting 1-for-4, Anthony scored 24 points in the first half and shot 17 of 27 from the field.
Not only did Anthony have a hot hand, but the Knicks continued their hot shooting, too. J.R. Smith scored 19 points and Raymond Felton added 14, including 10 in the fourth quarter from both players. The only bad thing from Wednesday night’s win is big man Kenyon Martin’s injury. The Knicks, who are already ailing in the big man department, may have to go a few games without Kenyon Martin. Martin left the game midway through the fourth quarter because of a sore right knee. His health is crucial for the Knicks and their success. While Tyson Chandler was out with a neck injury, Martin was great filling in and was instrumental to the Knicks’ win streak.
With Wednesday night’s win, the Knicks move half-game ahead of Indiana in the race for the No. 2 spot in the Eastern Conference.