New York Knicks vs. Atlanta Hawks: Live Score, Results and Game Highlights

Grant Hughes@@gt_hughesNational NBA Featured ColumnistApril 3, 2013

Carmelo Anthony scored 40 points and J.R. Smith took the New York Knicks home with a big fourth quarter, cementing a 95-82 win over the host Atlanta Hawks.

The victory was the 10th in a row for New York, while the loss meant Atlanta fell two-and-a-half games back of the Brooklyn Nets in the race of the No. 4 spot in the East.

Neither team put together more than a couple of quarters of consistent play in a game marked by missed defensive rotations, sloppy ball-handling and poor shooting from the foul line. Josh Smith missed all seven of his foul shots and committed a handful of head-scratching defensive mistakes.

Some of the Knicks' ugly play could rightly be attributed to the fact that they were playing the back end of a back-to-back set. The Hawks, though, have little excuse for their lackadaisical effort and baffling decision to utilize single coverage on Anthony all night long.

The Hawks are already locked into a playoff spot, but if they expect to make any noise in the postseason, they'll have to come with a more organized, committed approach than the one they showed against New York.

The Knicks will be happy to head home with a 2-0 road trip, thanks in large part to a combined 90 points from Anthony.

Knicks 95, Hawks 82—Final Score