While Arron Afflalo's breakout game to open this week supplied hope for another New York Knicks rebound, it also signaled a step back for the Atlanta Hawks.
He can help extend both trends two days later.
Afflalo will try to follow up his monster game in the second half of a home-and-home set Tuesday night when the Knicks visit the Hawks for the third meeting in 11 days.
New York (16-19) dropped the first two matchups against Atlanta this season but won 111-97 on Sunday at Madison Square Garden behind Afflalo's season-high 38 points, five shy of his career best. It was the second win in three games for the Knicks after suffering their third four-game losing streak since late November, and just their second in the last seven against the Hawks.
No other Knicks player scored more than 16 - including a quiet 11 from Carmelo Anthony - as Afflalo converted on 7 of 8 3-pointers and 14 of 17 shots overall. His 82.4 field-goal percentage was his best when attempting more than six shots.
It was a stark contrast to Afflalo's 31.7 shooting percentage while averaging 7.8 points the previous six games - five of them losses for New York.
"For me, consistency is more important than great games and very bad games," Afflalo said. "The more I can be counted on night in and out, the better it is for the team." >> Read more...