No orange? No problem. The Knicks, in ditching their jinxed weekend orange uniforms, finally owned the fourth quarter as they defeated the red-clad Hawks, 111-106, at the Garden. White on! After stinking out Boston in a humiliating final-quarter freeze in a loss to the Celtics on Friday, the Knicks ran away with the game in the final frame Saturday. Carmelo Anthony scored 15 of his 35 points in the fourth after choking down the stretch in Boston as he has much of the season. It was a nice makeover all around and perhaps the Knicks will stick with the traditional whites after going 0-6 in the alternate orange uniforms. “That was the big conversation in the huddle — just closing out the game,’’ said Anthony, who suffered through a 1-of-8 final-quarter disaster in Boston. “There have been times in the past where we’ve let the game slip by. Tonight we did a great job.’’ Anthony drained both of his 3-point tries in the final period, was 5-of-8 from the field and 3-of-3 from the free-throw line. He had come out of the game briefly after tweaking his left hamstring, but returned and said afterward it was a non-issue. “I think it was just fatigue,’’ Anthony said. “I didn’t pull it or snag it or anything.’’ Coach Mike Woodson benched struggling J.R. Smith for the game’s final 14:40 and the Knicks soared. Woodson, who appears to have solidified his standing with owner James Dolan until injured center Tyson Chandler returns, stuck with aggressive rookie Tim Hardaway Jr., who had a fine outing with 13 points. Andrea Bargnani poured in 23 points, making 11 of 16 baskets.
Knicks ditch orange in solid win over Hawks
New York Post | Dec 15