Less than an hour after the Falcons left their final pep rally in the Peachtree State on Sunday to board a flight to Houston, the Knicks and Hawks put on a Super show blocks away at Philips Arena. Five observations from the four-hour, four-overtime loss in Atlanta as the Knicks prepare for a Washington-Brooklyn back-to-back. — He’s not flashy, doesn’t have a high-wattage smile, wasn’t friends with LeBron James in high school and didn’t win a national championship at Louisiana Tech, but forward Paul Millsap is a certifiable, well-deserving All-Star. The power forward beat out Carmelo Anthony on merit. It was quite the showdown between the two on Sunday — with Anthony scoring 45 points in 46 minutes and making two game-tying shots in the late seconds of regulation and first overtime. But Millsap was the one left standing, finishing out at 60 minutes, 37 points, 19 rebounds and seven assists. Millsap’s offensive putback won the game with 27.4 seconds to go in the fourth OT. Anthony fouled out late in the second overtime. And while he snagged the game-tying basket at the end of regulation, driving on Millsap, who may have fouled him, Anthony made a series of bad plays (two turnovers) during his roller-coaster fourth quarter that went forgotten. Anthony finished the night with 18-of-36 shooting (3-of-9 from 3) — isolation play after isolation play. Anthony secured 17 points in the first quarter, but Millsap slowed him down for a long stretch of the second half when he got the assignment. Advantage Millsap.
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