Anthony then hit five 3s in a 17-point third quarter, his final one making it 82-74. The Knicks needed all his offense to build a lead, with the Hawks making 9 of 13 shots (69 percent) in the period.
NOTES: Knicks guard Jason Kidd sat out the second half. The Knicks said the 39-year-old was just being rested. ... Because of Rajon Rondo’s torn ACL, he will need to be replaced on the Eastern Conference All-Star team, and Hawks coach Larry Drew hopes Commissioner David Stern looks at Smith or Horford. ‘‘No doubt about it. I think both of my guys have been overlooked,’’ Drew said. ‘‘It’s unfortunate what happened to Rondo, but certainly my guys should be in consideration. Strong consideration.’’ ... The Knicks acknowledged Tyson Chandler’s All-Star selection during a first-half timeout. With Anthony voted to start, it’s the first time the Knicks have had two players picked since Allan Houston and Sprewell in 2001.
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