• The action started early on Sunday with the game of the day coming to us from Atlanta where the Knicks and Hawks battled in an epic 4 OT classic. With a recap of all Sunday’s action, here’s Monday’s Daily Dish.

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    HAWKS 142, KNICKS 139 (4 OT) (GAME OF THE DAY)

    Wow! This one went back and forth, but in the end, the Hawks prevailed.

    THE GOOD

    Paul Millsap led the way for the Hawks playing a whopping 60 minutes and scoring a team-high 37 points on 13-of-29 from the field. He added 19 rebounds, seven assists, three triples, one steal and one block. Those who had Millsap in daily fantasy leagues could not have been happier.

    Dennis Schroeder posted a big double-double of his own scoring 23 points and adding a game-high 15 assists. He added four boards and one triple in 55 minutes of action. The one drawback was the six turnovers, but owners will deal with it when he’s putting up other big numbers.

    Dwight Howard shot 8-of-11 from the field for 19 points to go with 13 rebounds. The numbers could have been better if not for him fouling out in 38 minutes of action.

    Kent Bazemore did his part scoring 24 points on 9-of-15 shooting. He added nine rebounds and four triples in 50 minutes.

    Carmelo Anthony was huge for the Knicks scoring a game-high 45 points on 18-of-36 from the field. He added six rebounds, four assists and three triples in 46 minutes, before fouling out. Melo played with a chip on his shoulder in this one and it seems like those trade rumours may be adding a little fuel to his fire.

    Brandon Jennings started for the injured Derrick Rose and scored 18 points to go with 11 assists. Jennings played 53 minutes and added four triples, three rebounds and one steal. If he’s available in your league, he makes for a nice short-term pick up while Rose is out.

    Joakim Noah played 41 minutes and stuffed the stat sheet with an old-school type Joakim Noah type performance before he fouled out. He scored six points, with 14 rebounds, five assists, three steals and two blocks. The 41 minutes were a season high and hopefully he’s ok for Tuesday’s tilt vs. the Wizards.

    THE BAD

    The stats were pretty good in this game. If we had to highlight some bad points they would include Kyle O’Quinn fouling out in 26 minutes off the bench. He only scored two points but did add 12 rebounds and three blocks.

    THE TAKEAWAY

    The Hawks improved to 28-20, good for fourth in the Eastern Conference. They will travel to Miami to take on the Heat on Wednesday evening. Meanwhile, the Knicks’ disastrous season continues as the loss drops them to 21-28. Despite the ugly record they only sit 2.5 games out of the final playoff spot in the East. They have a road back-to-back to start the week vs. the Wizards and Nets.

    CAVS 107, THUNDER 91

    Russell Westbrook showed up on Sunday, unfortunately for the Thunder, no one else did.

    THE GOOD

    LeBron James flirted with a triple-double scoring 25 points to go with 14 rebounds and eight assists. Had the game been closer James likely would have hit a triple-double. He added one steal to round out his line.

    Kyrie Irving scored 29 points on 12-of-22 from the field. He added three rebounds, 10 assists, two triples and one steal in 35 minutes of action.

    Tristan Thompson double-doubled scoring 19 points and grabbing 12 rebounds. He shot 7-of-15 from the field and a perfect 5-of-5 from the line and added four steals and four blocks in one of his best lines of the season.

    Russell Westbrook grabbed his 24th triple-double of the season scoring 20 points with 12 rebounds and 10 assists. He added one triple, one steal and one block but only shot 7-of-26 from the field.

    Victor Oladipo chipped in 17 points on 6-of-18 from the field. He added seven rebounds, four assists and one triple in 38 minutes of action.

    THE BAD

    Kevin Love left this one early after re-aggravating a lower back injury. He scored one point, with eight rebounds before he departed. He will not be travelling to Dallas for Monday’s game vs. the Mavs.

    Kyle Korver shot 1-of-7 from the field for three points with one rebound in 16 minutes off the bench.

    THE TAKEAWAY

    Despite the marquee matchup between LeBron and Russell, the Cavs were simply too much for the Thunder. The Cavs improved to 32-14 and will travel to take on the Mavs on Monday night. The Thunder dropped to 28-20 and face a tough Spurs team in San Antonio on Tuesday night.

    WIZARDS 107, PELICANS 94

    John Wall was unstoppable and even a big game from Anthony Davis couldn’t keep the Pelicans in this game.

    THE GOOD

    John Wall posted a massive double-double scoring 18 points and adding a ridiculous 19 assists in Sunday’s win. He added one rebound, two steals and one block in 37 minutes of action.

    Bradley Beal scored a team-high 27 points on 11-of-16 shooting. He added six rebounds, three triples, two assists and one steal in the win.

    Markieff Morris scored 21 points on 9-of-20 from the field. He shot a perfect 3-of-3 from downtown to go with eight rebounds and one assist.

    Marcin Gortat double-doubled with 17 points and 11 rebounds on 7-of-11 from the field.

    Anthony Davis posted a monster double-double in the loss. He scored a game-high 36 points to go with 17 rebounds on 15-of-25 from the field. He added three assists, three steals, two blocks and one triple but did commit a game-high six turnovers in the loss.

    Jrue Holiday shot 11-of-19 for 26 points to go with 11 assists, four rebounds, four triples and one steal. Unfortunately it wasn’t nearly enough in the loss.

    THE BAD

    Buddy Hield started but went scoreless on 0-of-5 from the field. He finished the night with only two rebounds to his name.

    Tyreke Evans played 18 minutes off the bench but was limited to two points, two rebounds and two assists on 1-of-3 from the field.

    E’Twaun Moore went scoreless off the bench in 22 minutes of action. He finished the night with one rebound and two assists.

    THE TAKEAWAY

    The Wizards won their fourth in a row and improved to 27-20 on the season, good for fifth in the East. They host the Knicks on Tuesday night. The Pelicans dropped to 19-29 and fell a full three game back of the eighth playoff spot in the West. They travel to Toronto to take on the Raptors on Tuesday night.

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