NBA Game Summary - Atlanta at New York
(Monday, March 8th)
Final Score: New York 99, Atlanta 98
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Danilo Gallinari made four three-pointers and finished with a game-high 27 points, as the New York Knicks escaped with a 99-98 win over the Atlanta Hawks at Madison Square Garden.
David Lee contributed a double-double with 19 points and 13 rebounds, while Al Harrington went for 14 points off the bench for the Knicks, who were able to recover from a 113-93 loss to New Jersey on Saturday.
"I thought our team the whole game did a good job competing on the boards, did a good job competing for loose balls," Lee said. "We did a good job overall."
New York, which had lost four of its last five coming into the contest, made 10-of-15 three-pointers after setting an NBA record by going 0-for-18 from three-point range in the setback to the Nets.
Josh Smith had a team-best 25 points to go along with 10 rebounds and six assists, while Joe Johnson ended with 22 points for Atlanta, which dropped its second straight after a four-game winning streak. Al Horford, who was unable to get off the would-be game-winning shot as time expired, turned in a solid performance with 18 points and 12 rebounds.
New York led by six after three quarters and its advantage ballooned to double-digits, 87-76, with 8:44 remaining thanks in part to back-to-back makes by Eddie House.
With the Knicks ahead by 10 a short time later, the Hawks went on an 11-2 run to make it a 97-96 game with 2:53 left. Johnson made 1-of-2 from the free- throw line to end the rally and get Atlanta within one.
Each team went cold over the next two minutes before Harrington's jumper with 50.5 seconds to play put New York up by three, 99-96. Smith's layup drew Atlanta within a point with 27.5 ticks on the clock before Toney Douglas' turnover with 7.9 seconds remaining gave the Hawks a last chance.
Smith's layup was blocked by Wilson Chandler from in close with 1.7 seconds to go, but Horford's short follow-up as the buzzer sounded was initially ruled as good. However, the basket was waved off after replays clearly showed the ball had not left Horford's hands before time expired, and the Knicks held on.
"Chandler just made a great play with the block, so by the time I caught the ball, your instincts just tell you to shoot the ball. I wasn't aware of the clock," Horford said.
After a 27-27 opening quarter, things stayed close in the second with neither team able to pull away. Horford's short turnaround jumper in the last minute of the half gave the Hawks a 46-44 edge heading into the break.
In the third, Sergio Rodriguez hit three straight Knicks shots to power an 8-2 run to start the period and give New York a 52-48 lead. Harrington's trey in the final minute put the hosts up 76-70 after three.
The Knicks went 3-1 against Atlanta this season and have won 16 of the last 20 meetings between the teams at the Garden...New York shot 50.6 percent, while the Hawks made 42.5 percent of their shots, but only 3-of-17 from three-point range...Jamal Crawford ended with 16 points and six rebounds for Atlanta.
03/08 23:17:24 ET