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NBA: New York 98, Atlanta 92

April 17, 2013 at 11:04 PM   |   Comments

NEW YORK, April 17 (UPI) -- Chris Copeland scored a career-best 33 points Wednesday in helping New York hold on for a 98-92 victory over Atlanta.

In the only two starts he has made in his rookie season, Copeland has produced 64 points.

New York wrapped up the second-best record in the Eastern Conference (54-28) and will meet Boston to open the playoffs.

The Knicks' Carmelo Anthony rested a bruised left shoulder, but still won the NBA scoring title with a per-game average of 28.7. He took part in 67 regular-season games and scored 1,923 points.

New York led by as many as 17 points with less than 4 minutes to play before the Hawks put on a late spurt. Atlanta, however, could come no closer than the final score.

Atlanta finished as the No. 6 seed in the East with a 44-38 record and will face Indiana to start the playoffs. Mike Scott paced the Hawks with 23 points.

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