- Ian Begley, ESPN Staff Writer
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The Knicks are in Atlanta looking to win their 10th straight game.
Thanks to Carmelo Anthony, they’re off to a solid start.
They lead the Hawks, 47-40, after two periods.
Here are a few first-half observations:
MR. 50: Melo’s still hot.
A night after going off for 50 against the Heat, Anthony scored early and often in an incredibly efficient first half. After missing three of his first four shots, Anthony hit eight in a row and finished with 24 points in the half.
He worked inside frequently, something that didn’t happen on Tuesday. Anthony did not take a shot inside of 15 feet against the Heat.
On Wednesday, Anthony took just one 3-pointer and worked most often with his back to the basket on the wing or in the paint. He had eight points in the painted area and took six free throws.
SPOTTY PERIMETER D: The Knicks had to know all about Kyle Korver’s shooting prowess coming into the game. He entered played Wednesday shooting 45 percent from 3-point land.
But even with the focus on Korver, the Hawks’ sharpshooter was still able to get free. And Mike Woodson wasn’t happy about it.
Korver made six of nine shots in the first half, including three threes. He has 15 points in the first half.
Outside of Korver, Atlanta was just 9-for-24 in the first half and was an unsightly 5-for-13 from the free-throw line. Josh Smith missed all seven of his free-throw attempts.
TYSON OK? Tyson Chandler was on the floor for the second time following a 10-game absence due to a neck injury.
He had two points and three rebounds in 10 minutes in the first half but may have tweaked his injury. In the second quarter, Chandler grabbed his chest area after a layup attempt and was pulled by Woodson shortly thereafter.
This is something to monitor in the second half.
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2dIan O'Connor, ESPN Senior Writer