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Saturday, December 14, 2013
Halftime Report: Knicks 57, Hawks 48

By Ian Begley


NEW YORK -- Here are a few observations from the first half of the Knicks-Hawks game:

Strong start:
The undermanned Knicks have hung tough with the Hawks through two quarters. They've shared the ball well on offense; four players have scored at least six points. They've forced 14 turnovers, leading to 17 points. And they've coughed the ball up just five times.


Getting stops has been an issue though. Atlanta is shooting 56 percent from the floor, compared to 50 percent shooting for the Knicks.

That's Amare: Amar'e Stoudemire surprised many by deciding to play on Saturday. This is the first time he's playing four games in five nights this season. The last time he played four games in five nights, Stoudemire underwent a knee debridement a few days later and was sidelined for eight weeks.

Stoudemire has looked strong thus far with six points and three rebounds (all on offense) in seven minutes.

Anthony banged up? Carmelo Anthony leads the Knicks with 15 points and six rebounds. The Knicks got a bit of a scare in the second quarter when Anthony grabbed at his left hamstring after a drive to the rim. He appears to be fine though.

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