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. >> Read more
- Despite the loss, this was Joakim Noah's best game of the season. What made it even more impressive than just his numbers was the fact that Noah finally performed at a premier level against another quality center in Dwight Howard. Previously, he's struggled to match the energy level of other talented big men. Noah was smart defensively, using his fouls effectively in an aim to make Howard an offensive liability. In addition, his 6 offensive boards and 3 assists surely helped spark scoring opportunities for those around him.
- Noah clearly showed up to match the Hawks' intensity, but the same cannot be said about the rest of his teammates. Atlanta is a very physical team who has used a bully-ball mentality in an attempt to back the Knicks down many times before. They played dirty and looked to get into New York's head. It worked. It didn't help that many Knicks looked fatigued and all the more challenged without Carmelo Anthony on the floor.
- The Hawks had a phenomenal overall game plan for containing Derrick Rose. Without Anthony, Rose was tasked with carrying more of the offensive burden. Unfortunately, Atlanta smothered him down low. Shooting 9-of-28 from the field, it's clear his execution was poor and ineffective. In an attempt to react to the defensive pressure, Rose was forced to fade away more often than not for lower percentage shots. It's clear he wasn't having his way and that dragged New York down.