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Feb 14, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) drives to the basket against Atlanta Hawks center Dewayne Dedmon (14) during the first half at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)
Feb 14, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) drives to the basket against Atlanta Hawks center Dewayne Dedmon (14) during the first half at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)

The Knicks got the taste of victory for the first time in a month and a half, defeating the Hawks on the road, 106-91, on Thursday night. >> Box score

Things to know about Thursday's game

1) This one felt different from the start with the Knicks getting off to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter. They would finish with a solid 28-13 lead, which set the tone for the rest of this one. The Hawks would tie it up at 47 with 1:28 left in the second after an Omari Spellman three. But New York went into the half with the lead, and didn't lose it the entire second half.

Tags: Kevin Knox, Mitchell Robinson, Atlanta Hawks, Damyean Dotson, Scott Thompson
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Nov 7, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young (11) dribbles around New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) during the second half at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)
Nov 7, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young (11) dribbles around New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) during the second half at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)

Atlanta coach Lloyd Pierce wants to see his young team finish the first portion of the season strong.

The New York Knicks, who visit the Hawks on Thursday in their final game before the All-Star break, simply want a win.

The Knicks (10-47) have the worst record in the NBA and have lost 18 straight, a single-season franchise record and two short of the 20-game streak that spanned the 1984-85 and 1985-86 seasons.

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Nets beat Hawks 116-100 00:01:25
Nets showed their maturity as a team, coming back from their largest deficit this season to beat Hawks 116-100.

NEW YORK (AP) The Nets already showed they can fight their way out of tough times, having left an eight-game skid behind last month.

So a 19-point deficit certainly wasn't going to deter them.

D'Angelo Russell scored 23 points, Ed Davis grabbed a season-high 16 rebounds, and the Nets climbed out of their early hole to beat the Atlanta Hawks 116-100 on Wednesday night.

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Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell hits a 3-point shot during the first half against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center. (Patrick Gorski/USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell hits a 3-point shot during the first half against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center. (Patrick Gorski/USA TODAY Sports)

The Brooklyn Nets, on a month-long hot streak, are now talking about being in playoff contention in a crowded Eastern Conference field.

The Nets should be able to rebound from a rare hiccup when they host the Atlanta Hawks (12-28) on Wednesday.

The Nets return home with 12 wins in their last 16 games since blowing a 23-point lead and losing to Oklahoma City on a Paul George buzzer-beater on Dec. 5. At that time, the Nets were 8-18 and on an eight-game losing streak that featured six single-digit losses and 10 losses in 12 games after losing Caris LeVert to a foot injury. >> Read More

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Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell moves the ball against Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young in the first quarter at Barclays Center. (Nicole Sweet/USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell moves the ball against Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young in the first quarter at Barclays Center. (Nicole Sweet/USA TODAY Sports)

D'Angelo Russell scored a game-high 32 points to lead the Nets to their fifth straight win with a 144-127 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday at Barclays Center. >> Box score

Things to know about Sunday's game

1. Russell made 13 of 19 shots and 5 of 9 3-pointers as Brooklyn topped 125 points for the third straight game. He also added seven assists and six rebounds. 

2. Eight Nets finished in double figures, including Rondae Hollis-Jefferson with 18 points and Joe Harris and Jared Dudley, who both finished with 16.

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Atlanta Hawks forward Mike Muscala defends New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports)
Atlanta Hawks forward Mike Muscala defends New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports)

Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis voiced his frustrations after New York blew a four-point lead with 1:07 remaining in Sunday's 99-96 loss to the Atlanta Hawks at Madison Square Garden.

"I can't even process that we lost," Porzingis said, according to ESPN's Ian Begley. "I can't believe it. It was our game. It was 100 percent our game. Stuff happened quick and boom it was over. ... We're just not there yet as a team. We keep losing these games."

Tags: Atlanta Hawks, Courtney Lee, Kristaps Porzingis, Kyle O'Quinn, Tim Hardaway Jr.
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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis drives to the basket against Atlanta Hawks forward DeAndre' Bembry during the first half at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis drives to the basket against Atlanta Hawks forward DeAndre' Bembry during the first half at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

Kristaps Porzingis scored 30 points, Doug McDermott added 23 off the bench and the New York Knicks withstood a late push from the Atlanta Hawks for a 111-107 victory Sunday night.

One night after losing to the NBA-worst Chicago Bulls on the road, New York managed to hold off a fourth-quarter rally by the Hawks, who have the second-worst record in the league.

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Brooklyn Nets forward Trevor Booker reaches to control the ball against Atlanta Hawks forward Luke Babbitt and forward DeAndre' Bembry during the first half at Philips Arena. (Dale Zanine/USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets forward Trevor Booker reaches to control the ball against Atlanta Hawks forward Luke Babbitt and forward DeAndre' Bembry during the first half at Philips Arena. (Dale Zanine/USA TODAY Sports)

Caris LeVert scored a season-high 17 points, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson had 16 points and the Brooklyn Nets used a strong third quarter to grab momentum and beat the Atlanta Hawks 110-90 on Monday night.

Brooklyn, avenging Saturday's home loss to Atlanta, had everything working in its favor in the second half. It began the third trailing by one but went on a 17-0 run to go ahead 70-54 on DeMarre Carroll's 3-pointer. The lead swelled to 29 in the fourth as the Nets earned their largest win of the season.

 

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Brooklyn Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson coaches against the Atlanta Hawks during the second quarter at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson coaches against the Atlanta Hawks during the second quarter at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Mike Budenholzer and Kenny Atkinson are friends from their time coaching together with the Atlanta Hawks.

A few times a year, they put their friendship aside to compete against the other and figure out how to get a win for their respective teams.

Monday night in Atlanta will be one of those instances as the Hawks get together with the Brooklyn Nets for the back end of a home-and-home set.

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New York Jets running back Matt Forte is tackled by Atlanta Falcons middle linebacker Deion Jones during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets running back Matt Forte is tackled by Atlanta Falcons middle linebacker Deion Jones during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- In a heavy rain storm and on a windy day facing a potentially explosive opponent, the best strategy for the Jets -- really, a no-brainer of a strategy -- would've been to run the ball as often as they could.

So after a game in which the Jets passed 36 times and ran 22 and lost 25-20 to the Atlanta Falcons, it probably was no surprise that running back Matt Forte wasn't happy with offensive coordinator John Morton. Forte wanted to run more. He thinks the Jets should've run more.

If only he and his teammates had run better when they had the chance.

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New York Jets tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins drops a pass in front of Atlanta Falcons cornerback Desmond Trufant during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins drops a pass in front of Atlanta Falcons cornerback Desmond Trufant during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The idea that the Jets would've been in a playoff race was comical back in August. They may have thought they were going to be better than anyone expected, but that's because so many people expected them to finish 0-16.

The truth is, the Jets have squeezed more out of their depleted roster than anyone could have imagined. They've been competitive all season. They were over .500 at one point. Even a 3-5 mark at the halfway point even exceeds expectations.

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New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson intercepts a pass in front of Miami Dolphins offensive guard Anthony Steen during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson intercepts a pass in front of Miami Dolphins offensive guard Anthony Steen during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

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THE GAME

The Jets (3-4) vs. the Atlanta Falcons (3-3) at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on Sunday, Oct. 29, at 1 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER

In a word? Ick. It will rain and it will rain hard (you know, assuming the forecasts are correct) and the wind will be 15-25 mph with stronger gusts. The temperatures will be in the mid-60s, which seems comfortable if you overlook the windy and wet part.

Tags: Atlanta Falcons, Buster Skrine, Christian Hackenberg, Josh McCown, Leonard Williams, Morris Claiborne, Muhammad Wilkerson, Ralph Vacchiano
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GEICO SportsNite: FNNY on Jets 00:01:58
The Football Night in New York panel discusses the Jets' tough loss to the Dolphins and whether they will stay competitive this season.

The Jets (3-4) take on the Falcons (3-3) on Sunday at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, at 1 p.m. Here's what's going on for Tuesday:

Need to know

The Jets practice today at Florham Park.

SNY's Ralph Vacchiano will be out at practice this week. Follow @RVaccianoSNY on Twitter to keep up with all the happenings.

Tags: Atlanta Falcons, Miami Dolphins, Josh McCown, Leonard Williams
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New York Jets defensive end Leonard Williams gestures while jogging on the field prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. (Rich Barnes/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets defensive end Leonard Williams gestures while jogging on the field prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. (Rich Barnes/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets' defense hopes to regroup for Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons after New York lost back-to-back games against divisional opponents.

New York blew a two-touchdown lead in the fourth quarter by giving up 17 unanswered points in Sunday's 31-28 loss to the Miami Dolphins to fall to 3-4, but the defense is confident it can go back to the team that had allowed 13.3 points per game during its three-game winning streak.

"We win together. We lose together," defensive end Leonard Williams said, according to NJ.com's Connor Hughes. "The No. 1 thing we have to do is stick together and be a family. That's the one thing I can say: This team is a family."

Tags: Atlanta Falcons, Demario Davis, Miami Dolphins, Josh McCown, Leonard Williams, Muhammad Wilkerson, New England Patriots, Steve McLendon
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Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez defends against Atlanta Hawks center Dwight Howard in the first quarter at Barclays Center. (Nicole Sweet/USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez defends against Atlanta Hawks center Dwight Howard in the first quarter at Barclays Center. (Nicole Sweet/USA TODAY Sports)

Brook Lopez scored 29 points, Jeremy Lin had 15, and the Brooklyn Nets spoiled Paul Millsap's return to the lineup by beating the Atlanta Hawks 91-82 on Sunday.

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson added 11 points for the Nets, who have won two straight games.

Dennis Schroder scored 16 points, while Millsap and Tim Hardaway Jr. each had 14 for the Hawks, who have lost two straight.

Tags: Atlanta Hawks, Brook Lopez, Jeremy Lin, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson
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Mar 8, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Hawks guard Dennis Schroder (17) attempts a shot against Brooklyn Nets guard Isaiah Whitehead (15) in the first quarter of their game at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 8, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Hawks guard Dennis Schroder (17) attempts a shot against Brooklyn Nets guard Isaiah Whitehead (15) in the first quarter of their game at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Dennis Schroder scored 31 points, Paul Millsap added 24 and the Atlanta Hawks snapped a three-game losing streak with a 110-105 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night.

Tim Hardaway Jr. finished with 16 points for Atlanta, which had lost six of eight to fall three games behind fourth-place Toronto in the Eastern Conference.

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GEICO SportsNite: Super Bowl 00:01:31
Former Jet Chad Cascadden joins GEICO SportsNite to discuss the Patriots' exhilarating comeback Super Bowl victory over the Atlanta Falcons.

Despite trailing 28-3 in the third quarter, Tom Brady and the Patriots scored 31 unanswered points, ending with James White's 2-yard touchdown rush in overtime as New England beat the Atlanta Falcons, 34-28, to win Super Bowl LI.

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GEICO SportsNite: Super Bowl 00:01:31
Former Jet Chad Cascadden joins GEICO SportsNite to discuss the Patriots' exhilarating comeback Super Bowl victory over the Atlanta Falcons.

Despite trailing 28-3 in the third quarter, Tom Brady and the Patriots scored 31 unanswered points, ending with James White's 2-yard touchdown rush in overtime as New England beat the Atlanta Falcons, 34-28, to win Super Bowl LI.

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Atlanta Hawks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. is fouled by New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony as he goes in for a lay up during the second half at Philips Arena. (Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports)
Atlanta Hawks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. is fouled by New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony as he goes in for a lay up during the second half at Philips Arena. (Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports)

New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony was fouled on his game-tying layup with 3.5 seconds left in regulation and should have been awarded a free throws in Sunday's quadruple-overtime loss to the Atlanta Hawks, according to the NBA's two-minute report.

With the Knicks down 104-102, Anthony drove to the hoop as Paul Millsap guarded him. Millsap hit Anthony that affected his speed, quickness, balance and/or rhythm on the play, however referees did not call a foul.

The NBA's two-minute report said it was an incorrect non-call.

Anthony scored 45 points on 18-of-36 shooting before he fouled out. Millsap recorded 37 points and 19 rebounds while playing a game-high 60 minutes.

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Atlanta's Dwight Howard (8) puts up a shot over Knicks center Joakim Noah during the first half. (Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports)
Atlanta's Dwight Howard (8) puts up a shot over Knicks center Joakim Noah during the first half. (Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports)

Paul Millsap had a season-high 37 points, including the go-ahead layup with 27 seconds remaining in the fourth overtime, and the Atlanta Hawks overcame Carmelo Anthony's season-high 45 points to outlast the short-handed New York Knicks 142-139 on Sunday.

The Knicks' first four-overtime game in 66 years lasted almost four hours. Millsap logged 60 minutes. Five players, including Anthony and Atlanta's Dwight Howard, fouled out.

Anthony scored the tying baskets at the end of regulation and the first overtime period, before fouling out with 12.9 seconds remaining in the second overtime. Courtney Lee sank a 26-foot tying 3-pointer with 1.5 seconds remaining in the second OT and sank the tying free throws late in the third extra period.

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Jan 25, 2017; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle looks on as New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose (25) and Mavericks guard Pierre Jackson (55) fight for the ball during the second half at the American Airlines Center. The Mavericks defeat the Knicks 103-95. (Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports)
Jan 25, 2017; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle looks on as New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose (25) and Mavericks guard Pierre Jackson (55) fight for the ball during the second half at the American Airlines Center. The Mavericks defeat the Knicks 103-95. (Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports)

ATLANTA -- If the New York Knicks are serious about trying to make a playoff push, they may have to start without one of their best players.

Point guard Derrick Rose hurt his left ankle on Friday and may not play Sunday afternoon when the Knicks visit the Atlanta Hawks.

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GEICO SportsNite: Knicks fall 00:01:26
Carmelo Anthony, Jeff Hornacek, Courtney Lee and Derrick Rose discuss missed opportunities after losing to the Atlanta Hawks.

Carmelo Anthony scored 30 points on 10-16 shooting, but it was not enough as the Knicks lost to the Atlanta Hawks 108-107 in a Martin Luther King Day matinee at Madison Square Garden Monday.

Derrick Rose added 18 points and nine assists, but missed a lay-up that would have given the Knicks the lead in the final seconds of the game. Anthony secured the rebound and had an opportunity to win the game for New York, but missed an open-look before the final buzzer.

Hawks PG Dennis Schroeder finished the game with a team-high 28 points on 13-16 shooting, while Tim Hardaway Jr. dropped 20 points on his former team.

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Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez reacts in the fourth quarter against Philadelphia 76ers at Barclays Center. (Nicole Sweet/USA Today Sports Images)
Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez reacts in the fourth quarter against Philadelphia 76ers at Barclays Center. (Nicole Sweet/USA Today Sports Images)

Brooklyn is on a six-game losing for the second time this season and a loss on Tuesday will equal its longest skid of the year. The Nets are also 4-23 since Nov. 12 and 11 of 12 since a 10-point win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Dec. 14.

The latest defeat was a 105-95 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers Sunday afternoon, when the Nets gave up 13 straight points to open the second half and again down the stretch in the fourth.

Brook Lopez scored 18 of his 26 points before halftime as Brooklyn held an 11-point lead before getting outscored 32-16 in the third quarter. It was the 10th time the Nets were held under 20 points in a third quarter and the 29th time they were outscored in the third. >> Read more

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GEICO SportsNite: G-Men Deja Vu? 00:03:12
Marc Malusis and Chris Lopresti debate the Giants chances to make a deep run in the NFL Playoffs with a top ranked defense.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

The New York Giants' road to Super Bowl LI begins in Green Bay, the site of two of the greatest triumphs of Eli Manning's career.

Their trip to Lambeau Field became official hours after the Giants finished up their 11-5 season with an impressive 19-10 win in Washington on Sunday afternoon. When the Packers (10-6) defeated the Detroit Lions 31-24 Sunday night, they clinched the NFC North title and the No. 4 seed in the NFC. That set up a date with the fifth-seeded Giants in the wild-card round Sunday at 4:40 p.m. ET.

Tags: Atlanta Falcons, Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions, Eli Manning, Green Bay Packers, Rashad Jennings, Seattle Seahawks, Shane Vereen, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

Jodie Meeks scored a season-high 23 points, Serge Ibaka and Aaron Gordon each had 22 and the Orlando Magic rolled to a 115-103 victory Monday night over the New York Knicks, who lost their fifth straight game.

Nikola Vucevic had 14 points and 13 rebounds and fellow reserve Elfrid Payton added 13 points and 14 assists for the Magic, who were routed in their previous two games but totally turned things around against a Knicks team that played without Kristaps Porzingis or much defensive intensity.

Carmelo Anthony scored 19 points for the Knicks, who have dropped eight of 10 to fall to 16-18.

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Giants face Packers in wild card 00:03:34
Marc Malusis and Jon Hein talk about the Giants? chances against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers at Lambeau Field in their wild-card matchup.

The New York Giants will face the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field in the NFC wild-card round on Sunday at 4:40 p.m. ET in their first playoff appearance since winning Super Bowl XLVI.

Despite their 11-5 record being tied for second best in the NFC, the Giants are the No. 5 seed in the playoffs after they finished second in the NFC East to the 13-3 Dallas Cowboys. 

The Packers, who have won six in a row, finished 10-6 and are the No. 4 seed following their 31-24 win over the Lions on Sunday at Ford Field.

Tags: Atlanta Falcons, Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions, Eli Manning, Green Bay Packers, Odell Beckham Jr., Seattle Seahawks
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Are the Knicks a playoff team? 00:03:04
Daily News Live considers Derrick Rose's comments about the New York Knicks making the playoffs for the first time since the 2012 season.

ATLANTA (AP) -- Dennis Schroder scored 27 points, Dwight Howard added 16 points and 22 rebounds, and the Atlanta Hawks took advantage of Carmelo Anthony's second-quarter ejection to beat the New York Knicks 102-98 in overtime on Wednesday night.

Derrick Rose finished with 26 points for New York, but the star point guard fell as he was dribbling near the Knicks' basket and lost his footing with 6 seconds left in overtime and Atlanta leading by one.

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Dec 17, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Nuggets guard Will Barton (5) guards New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) in the third quarter at the Pepsi Center. The Nuggets won 127-114. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)
Dec 17, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Nuggets guard Will Barton (5) guards New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) in the third quarter at the Pepsi Center. The Nuggets won 127-114. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)

The Knicks head to Atlanta to take on the Hawks at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday night. 

According to STATS...

  • The Knicks have won three straight against the Hawks, including a 104-94 win earlier this season on November 20. In games played in Atlanta, the teams have split the last six they have played.
  • After starting the season 10-12, the Hawks have gone 5-4 over their last nine games. When playing at home, Atlanta started the season 6-1 but has gone 1-6 over its last seven home games.
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Quarterback Eli Manning in the New York Giants huddle (Bill Streicher/USA Today Sports Images)
Quarterback Eli Manning in the New York Giants huddle (Bill Streicher/USA Today Sports Images)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV: 

As much as the New York Giants wanted to clinch their first playoff berth since 2011 on the field in Philadelphia on Thursday, they know it doesn't really matter how they get in - just as long as they get in. And they can still get in four different ways this weekend, before they even have to think about playing their finale in Washington on Jan. 1.

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New York Knicks center Willy Hernangomez shoots as Washington Wizards forward Andrew Nicholson defends during the first half at Verizon Center. (Brad Mills/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks center Willy Hernangomez shoots as Washington Wizards forward Andrew Nicholson defends during the first half at Verizon Center. (Brad Mills/USA Today Sports Images)

In big wins against Dallas and Detroit last week, Kristaps Porzingis soared on the offensive end and received key minutes at the five position as Joakim Noah remained on the bench. With the veteran big man sitting out Sunday's contest against the Hawks, the Knicks figured to play even more small ball with Carmelo Anthony and Porzingis at the four and five.

While that did happen for certain stretches, there's no way New York could have gone small all game against a much more physical Atlanta frontline featuring Paul Millsap and Dwight Howard. With that in mind, rookie Willy Hernangomez received a well anticipated opportunity.

Tags: Atlanta Hawks, Carmelo Anthony, Kristaps Porzingis, Willy Hernangomez, Keith Schlosser
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 (Noah K. Murray)
(Noah K. Murray)

Kristaps Porzingis has become a matchup problem in just his second season with the New York Knicks.

The 7-3 Porzingis is listed as a power forward, but with his ability to hit mid to long-range jumpers, score on tip-ins and dunks and run the floor like a gazelle, he has created headaches for opposing coaches and their players.

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Nov 17, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) is defended by Washington Wizards forward Markieff Morris (5) during the first half at Verizon Center. (Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports)
Nov 17, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) is defended by Washington Wizards forward Markieff Morris (5) during the first half at Verizon Center. (Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports)

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On Wednesday night, Kristaps Porzingis had the game of his life. He poured in 35 points from all over the court. On Thursday, he failed to pick up where he left off and a slow start put he and the Knicks in an insurmountable hole. Porzingis added 16 in the defeat, but clearly didn't display that same level of dominance or fluidity in his offensive game.

At 21 years old, Porzingis is still coming into his own as a force in this league. He's just scratching the surface and his new teammates are still learning what he can do. As they develop even better chemistry, the Knicks are hoping their playmakers continue to find the young stud and set him up in the right spots. As good as Porzingis is, there's a lot of pressure on the Knicks to move the ball and for Derrick Rose and Brandon Jennings to help elevate Porzingis' game. Porzingis may be the centerpiece of the future, but Carmelo Anthony is still playing at a high enough level. Even so, he too has unselfishly bought into the idea that this team needs to get Porzingis the basketball.

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New York Knicks guard Arron Afflalo gestures after a 3-point basket during the third quarter against the Atlanta Hawks at Madison Square Garden. (Anthony Gruppuso/USATSI)
New York Knicks guard Arron Afflalo gestures after a 3-point basket during the third quarter against the Atlanta Hawks at Madison Square Garden. (Anthony Gruppuso/USATSI)

Arron Afflalo scored a season-high 38 points and the New York Knicks beat the Atlanta Hawks 111-97 on Sunday afternoon.

Afflalo was 14 for 17 from the field and 7 for 8 from 3-point range, making his first seven attempts and nearing his career best of 43 points.

The Knicks improved to 8-2 when Afflalo scores 15 or more points.

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The Mets (2-3) play Atlanta (5-0) in the series finale Sunday?afternoon at 1:35 p.m. ET. After dropping the first two games of the series the Mets look to avoid being swept. The game can be seen on SNY and heard on WOR 710.

Follow the game live online at SNY Gameday.

MetsBraves
1. Juan Lagares - CF1. Eric Young Jr. - CF
2. David Wright - 3B2. Jace Peterson - 2B
3. Lucas Duda - 1B3. Nick Markakis - RF
4. Michael Cuddyer - LF4. Freddie Freeman - 1B
5. John Mayberry Jr. RF5. A.J. Pierzynski - C
6. Anthony Recker - C6. Jonny Gomes - LF
7. Wilmer Flores - SS7. Alberto Callaspo - 3B
8. Ruben Tejada - 2B8. Andrelton Simmons - SS
9. Bartolo Colon - P9. Alex Wood - P

Tags: alex wood, atlanta braves, Bartolo Colon, braves, Game Day, jmcguire860, Lucas Duda, Mets, new york mets, terry collins, treilly8, Tim Reilly
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The Giants (2-2) host the explosive Atlanta Falcons (2-2) Sunday in an NFC interdivisional clash between clubs hoping to rebound from losing seasons and get back to the playoffs.

Kickoff: 1:00 p.m.

Site: MetLife Stadium

Tags: ATLANTA FALCONS, Giants-Falcons, New York Giants, NFL Week 5
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Some things to watch for in the Giants-Falcons game on Sunday at MetLife Stadium (1 p.m.):

Eli Manning vs Falcons' defense: The Giants scored 75 points the past two games and Manning is completing 66.9 percent of his passes. The Falcons are 31st in pass defense, allowing 8.6 yards per pass play. They also only have three sacks. The Falcons will also be without SS William Moore (shoulder), who probably would be covering the Giants' emerging star TE, Larry Donnell. The Giants may also get a boost from the NFL debut of their top draft pick, WR Odell Beckham Jr.

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The Nets (13-21) defeated the Hawks (18-17) Monday by a score of 91-86.

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[sny-box]It won't fully show up on the stat sheet, but?Andrei Kirilenko often looked like the best player on the court for either team. Eight points, four assists, and three rebounds, along with great defense. AK47 was hustling up and down the court, getting to the line early and often, with a game-high 10 free throw attempts.

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Starters:

.....Brooklyn Nets ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?Atlanta Hawks
1Shaun LivingstonJeff Teague
2Alan AndersonKyle Korver
3Joe JohnsonDemarre Carroll
4Paul PiercePaul Millsap
5Kevin GarnettPero Antic
The Good: The Nets have won two straight games, and two straight at home...The Nets are better at the Barclays Center (7-9) than on the road (5-12)...The Nets are 5-6 at home (compared to 2-7 on the road)?against Eastern Conference opponents.

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Tonight, the Nets look to make it three wins in a row when they host the Atlanta Hawks at the Barclays Center. The Hawks have been one of the better teams in the Eastern Conference this season, as they are the only team other than Indiana and Miami with a winning record coming into tonight. They are in second place in the Southeast division, and enter tonight as the third seed overall in the East.

However, Atlanta hasn't been a very good road team this year at 6-11, and like the Nets, they've lost arguably their best player for the season. Big man Al Horford suffered a torn pectoral muscle the day after Christmas, and the Hawks have struggled to a 2-3 record in the five games without him. After averaging 102.6 points per game on 46.1% shooting as a team before Horford's injury, they're averaging just 99.2 PPG on 40.8% shooting in the five games since his injury.

The Hawks and Nets split their four-game season series last year, but Atlanta has won seven of the last nine meetings between the two squads.

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Osi Umenyiora stated earlier this year that no matter what team he played for, he would be the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year. Justin Tuck is trying to resurrect his career after two disappointing seasons in 2011 and 2012. Now that Osi is with the Falcons, and Tuck will be getting a new start at RDE, who do you think will get more sacks this season?

The Loud Mouths panel compares defensive ends Osi Umenyiora and Justin Tuck and discusses who will sack the quarterback more in 2013.

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The Atlanta Falcons signed DE Osi Umenyiora to a two-year contract reportedly worth up to $12.5 million......

From Rotoworld: ...Finally. This has been in the works for almost a week now, and it was just a matter of time before it was made official. The Dolphins were rumored to be sniffing around Umenyiora a little bit, but it never materialized to anything. Umenyiora, 31, brings some much needed juice to Atlanta's pass rush, but he essentially just replaces John Abraham. GM Thomas Dimitroff still needs to be on the lookout for more edge rushers. At this point, Umenyiora and Kroy Biermann are the starters at defensive end for the Falcons. Osi recorded 43 tackles and six sacks last season.

From Jenny Vrentas of the Star Ledger...

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Osi Umenyiora will finally get the love he's been longing for. According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, Osi is expected to put his name on contract to play for the Atlanta Falcons either today or tomorrow:

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Umenyiora is expected to join the Falcons on Sunday or, at the latest, on Monday.

?Atlanta is the place,? the source said.

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Osi Umenyiora said on Atlanta radio show that he wants to play for the Falcons. As per D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal Constitution:

Osi expressed his desire to play for the Falcons on the Jamie and Jerome Show on 92.9 The Game on Friday. Co-Hosts Jamie Dukes and former Falcons Chuck Smith, who was subbing for Jerome Jurenovich, interviewed Umenyiora:

?New York fans definitely expect a lot out of you because of their history,? Umenyiora said. ?There was nothing better than to be able to win there. The only thing I can think of that would be better than being able to win in New York would be to be able to win here in Atlanta. We?ll see how that plays out. Hopefully, it works out in a positive direction.?

It would be a fresh start for the 31-year-old pass specialist. The Falcons appear interested, but the price would have to right. Osi is said to be seeking in the upwards of $5 million per season. He might have wait and see how the free agent DE market shakes out first for Elvis Dumervil, Dwight Freeney and John Abraham before he learns his true market value.
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The hockey boards lit up toward the end of last week at the prospect of Dany Heatley coming east?to New Jersey.

Can you picture this scene, only with Dany Heatley wearing a Devils sweater?

That trade has likely been delayed, considering Tallinder was placed on IR today. But it's no secret that Heatley's been frustrated ever since he was pulled from the Minnesota Wild's top-line back in February.

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On Saturday night, the Nets defeated the Hawks by a final score of 93-80.

The Skinny: The Hawks came out and took and early 11-1 lead on the sloppy turnover prone Nets behind ex-Net Johan Petro's eight quick points.? The Nets returned the favor with a 13-4 run and the game started to slow down.? Al Horford picked up two quick fouls to make the Hawks go to their bench early.? Andray Blatche was a factor with four points, a steal and an assist late in the first to help the Nets tie the game at 23 after one.

The Bench Mob started the second with Joe Johnson anchoring the floor alongside Mirza Teletovic and C.J. Watson.? The quarter started with a Nets 13-4 run to give them a 36-27 lead behind multiple steals and good all-around plays by Blatche.? The Nets held the Hawks to 38 percent shooting while they shot 50 percent to build their biggest lead of the game, a 51-37 lead into halftime.

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The latest trade news around the NBA involves none other than the Brooklyn Nets. League sources have said for days that San Antonio, Brooklyn and Charlotte all have strong interest in the Atlanta Hawks Josh Smith. It is highly unlikely at this point that a two-team trade with the Nets would work for Smith since Atlanta will not just give him away.

The latest scenario could involve the Cleveland Cavaliers entering into the mix.

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The?Brooklyn Nets?are aggressively pursuing a trade for?Atlanta Hawks?star forward?Josh Smith, league sources told ESPN.Reports surfaced late last night from?Chris Broussard, via Twitter.?? According to him,?the Brooklyn Nets were "aggressively pursuing" a trade for Josh Smith of the Atlanta Hawks to fill their issue at power forward.

The Nets situation at power forward is a real problem for the team and it is becoming clear that an upgrade of some sort needs to be made.? Kris Humphries lost his job to Reggie Evans. But?while Evans brings the Nets a much needed tenacity and rebounding prowess, he is extremely limited on the offensive end, and that?causes problems.

Billy King will certainly be looking around the league to add a piece prior to the February 21st NBA trade deadline.

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