Afflalo scores 38, Knicks beat Hawks 111-97
NEW YORK (AP) 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.
New York jumped to an 11-2 advantage and led most of the way in bouncing back from their franchise-worst fourth quarter in a loss at Chicago on Friday.
Paul Millsap scored 19 points and Kent Bazemore had 18 for the Hawks.
The teams meet again Tuesday in Atlanta.
Robin Lopez finished with 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Knicks.
Hawks: Coach Mike Budenholzer praised the play of his point guards, Jeff Teague and Dennis Schroder. “We’re very fortunate to have both of them and Shelvin Mack as a third point guard. We feel really strongly about him too. It’s great to have two guys that can attack, get to the paint and play with speed.” . Tiago Splitter (mild right calf strain) did not dress.
Knicks: Cleanthony Early, who was shot in the knee during a robbery on Wednesday, is out of the hospital, coach Derek Fisher said. There is no timetable for his return. ... Fisher wants point guard Jose Calderon to shoot more but added the ball “has to move in order for guys to get shots.” . Lou Amundson (back spasms) did not dress.
IN ATTENDANCE: Comedian Chris Rock was on hand at Madison Square Garden.
Hawks: Host New York on Tuesday.
Knicks: Visit Atlanta on Tuesday.