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Lin, Knicks rout Hawks 99-82, head to Miami

By Brian Mahoney

Associated Press

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 22 2012 8:05 p.m. MST

Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith (5) steals the ball from New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler (6) as Hawks center Zaza Pachulia (27) watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012.

Kathy Willens, Associated Press

NEW YORK — Jeremy Lin had an easy night ahead of his toughest opponent yet, and the New York Knicks tuned up for their trip to Miami by beating the Atlanta Hawks 99-82 on Wednesday night.

Lin had 17 points and nine assists, sitting out most of the fourth quarter in a rare game during his remarkable run that the Knicks needed little from him.

Carmelo Anthony scored 15 points in his second game back from injury for the Knicks, who led the depleted Hawks by 25 points at halftime. New York bounced back from a loss to New Jersey on Monday and won for the ninth time in 11 games since Lin joined the rotation.

They visit Miami on Thursday in their final game before the All-Star break.

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