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Hawks Joe Johnson returns from elbow surgery

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We were not expecting to see Joe Johnson return to the Hawks lineup after elbow surgery until we had all sung Auld Lang Syne and then the next morning tried to remember through the blur what we had done the night before for New Year’s Eve.

But there he was Friday night, starting for the Atlanta Hawks against the Bobcats.

Johnson — the team’s leading scorer and clutch go-to-guy last season who signed a six-year max extension this summer — started this season struggling with his shot. His field goal percentage had fallen .50 points, his three point shooting was down to 25.6 percent (from 36.9 percent last season). After looking for a cause he had arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow.

In his absence, the Hawks were 5-4, but have lost their last two. If the playoffs started today the Hawks would be the sixth seed in the East.

Bradley Beal drives around, dunks over Kristaps Porzingis (VIDEO)

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If you’re a Knicks fan, the positive is that at least Kristaps Porzingis tried to make a play.

But he was not going to stop the athletic Bradley Beal with a full head of steam, and the result was a Beal dunking over Porzingis as he tries to block the attempt.

Beal wasn’t sharp, scoring 12 points on 5-of-14 shooting. The Knicks has an efficient Carmelo Anthony and that got them the win.

Carmelo Anthony drops 21 on Wizards in preseason Friday

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We had an efficient Carmelo Anthony sighting in the preseason.

Anthony and the Knicks went up against the Wizards and ‘Melo hit 10-of-15 shots to score 21 points. He also had four rebounds and four assists.

Derrick Williams had 23 points on 11 shots to lead the Knicks in scoring, and New York won 115-104.