New York, NY (Sports Network) - In a contest between two playoff-bound teams with little to play for, Chris Copeland scored a career-high 33 points and the New York Knicks wrapped up their regular season with a 98-92 victory over the Atlanta Hawks at Madison Square Garden.
Already locked into the No. 2 seed in the East, the Knicks rested most of their starters, including 2013 scoring title champ Carmelo Anthony, and will carry a 10-game home winning streak into their first round showdown with the division rival Boston Celtics.
The Hawks, only able to move up with a win and a Chicago loss, chose to rest starters Al Horford, Josh Smith and Jeff Teague among others. Officially locked into the sixth seed, Atlanta will face third-seeded Indiana to kick off the postseason.
Earl Barron, signed off the street earlier Wednesday after Rasheed Wallace announced his retirement, tallied 11 points and a game-high 18 rebounds for the Knicks. James White added 20 points and Iman Shumpert finished with 18, eight assists and seven rebounds.
Mike Scott totaled 23 points and 14 rebounds and John Jenkins scored 20 in the setback for Atlanta.
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