Knicks suffer another heartbreaker with 108-107 loss to Hawks
Another day, another heartbreaking loss for the Knicks.
Carmelo Anthony missed a potential game-winner in the final seconds following an offensive rebound, with his open fadeaway hitting off the back of the rim as the Knicks fell to the Hawks, 108-107.
On the previous possession, the Knicks played good defense but Dennis Shroder hit the three-pointer to send New York (18-24) to its 11th defeat in the last 13 games.
Derrick Rose got the call on the final possession and drove, but he was met at the rim by Atlanta's collapsing defense and was blocked by Paul Millsap. Anthony then got the rebound and blew the opportunity.
Otherwise, Anthony had a solid game with 30 points and seven rebounds while shooting 10-for-16. Rose was clutch until the final shot, hitting three separate runners and lay-ups in the final 3:40. His runner gave the Knicks a 107-105 lead with 43 seconds left, just before Shroder's contested trey.
Rose finished with 18 points and nine assists.
The Hawks (24-17) played without Dwight Howard, who rested in the second game of a back-to-back. Kristaps Porzingis sat out his third straight game because of a sore Achilles.
Coach Jeff Hornacek shook up the lineup by putting in Ron Baker for Courtney Lee. Baker provided some energy while scoring 12 points in 22 minutes. He and Mindaugas Kuzminskas made their debuts in the starting lineup. But Baker was on the bench when the Knicks failed down the stretch.
Former Knick Tim Hardaway Jr. dropped 20 points in 35 minutes for the Hawks
BY Stefan Bondy NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Shroder had a game-high 28 on 13-of-16 shooting.