Unlike in their season-opening loss, the Atlanta Hawks made sure they got off to a fast start Thursday night, beating the New York Knicks, 112-101 to net their first victory of the 2015-2016 season.
Starters Jeff Teague had 23 points and 8 assists and Al Horford had 21 points, 8 assists and 3 blocked shots for the Hawks, which ended the first quarter on an 11-2 run and held off the Knicks’ repeated rallies for the blowout victory.
Forward Paul Millsap had a double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds plus 5 assists and 5 steals while shooter Kyle Korver finally found his range for 15 points on 3-of-5 shooting from behind the arc. Korver missed 6-of-9 shots in their 106-94 loss to the Detroit Pistons on NBA Opening Night.
Off the bench, the Hawks also got key contributions from Dennis Shcroder and Tiago Splitter, who finished with 13 and 10 points, respectively.
The Knicks were led by Carmelo Anthony’s 25 points but the veteran forward made just 10-of-27 shots overall and missed all of his seven three-pointers attempted. As a team, New York shot 6-of-29 three-point field goals and also turned the ball over 21 times.
New York beat the Milwaukee Bucks, 122-97 in their season opener but couldn’t follow up the good performance as their starting backcourt of Jose Calderon and Sasha Vujajic had a poor outing finishing a combined 8 points on 2-of-13 shooting.
The Hawks will have a home-and-away series against the Charlotte Hornets on Friday and Sunday while the Knicks take on the Washington Wizards and San Antonio Spurs in their next two.