Melo throws punch, ejected; Hawks beat Knicks in OT

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The New York Knicks lost Carmelo Anthony to an ejection and then lost the game, 102-98 in overtime against the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday. The Hawks were led by Dennis Schroder and Dwight Howard.

Both Schroder and Howard had great games for a Hawks squad that is struggling at this point of the season. Schroder finished with a game-high 27 points while Howard had a double-double of 16 points and 22 rebounds.

Their Knicks counterparts also had great games in Melo’s absence. Derrick Rose had 26 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists while Joakim Noah had 14 points and 16 rebounds, easily his best game as a member of the Knicks.

Rose had a chance to win the game for New York in regulation but missed.

Physical Knicks vs. Hawks affair led to Melo ejection

The game got testy in the second quarter when Melo was ejected after a scuffle with Hawks veteran Thabo Sefalosha. Watch Melo’s ejection here.

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“He threw a punch,” Sefolosha told ESPN about the incident with Melo. “A fist right to my face. It’s whatever. The referee — I’m glad they looked back at it — they made the right call.”

Without Melo, Kristaps Porzingis got his shots for 24 points and 8 rebounds and Justin Holiday scored 14 off the bench.

The Knicks continue their struggle on the road this season with a 5-10 record away from home. New York has also lost five of their last seven games.

All Hawks’ starters finished in double-figure scoring. Paul Millsap had 12 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists while Sefalosha and Kent Bazemore had 11 each.

Highlights from the Knicks-Hawks overtime game:

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The Hawks have been inconsistent the past week going 4-4 in their last eight. They will finish 2016 with a match-up against the Detroit Pistons on Friday.

Photo Courtesy: Keith Allison/Wikimedia Commons

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