NBA Game Summary - Atlanta at New York
(Wednesday, November 11th)
Final Score: Atlanta 114, New York 101
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Al Horford poured in a game-high 25 points and grabbed nine rebounds, as the Atlanta Hawks used a strong second half to defeat the New York Knicks, 114-101, at Madison Square Garden.
Josh Smith added 22 points and 12 rebounds for the Hawks, who have won six of their first eight games to begin the season. Mike Bibby ended with 19 points and nine assists. Joe Johnson tallied 19 points and seven boards for the victors.
"They were kind of handling us at the beginning," Bibby said. "This was a game we definitely needed to win, and we put it on our selves to go out and get it."
Al Harrington had 23 points and 12 rebounds off the bench for the Knicks, who have lost five in a row after posting their first win of the year against New Orleans on November 2. Toney Douglas finished with 23 points. Wilson Chandler and Larry Hughes each ended with 14 points in defeat.
"Things are just going in the wrong direction for us right now. But we can change things," Hughes said. "The best way to get us a win is watching a lot of film, watching a lot of tape, and breaking the game down."
Trailing 71-66 with less than five minutes to play in the third, Atlanta scored 12 straight points to take the lead. Jamal Crawford capped the run with a trey to give the Hawks a 78-71 margin with 2:50 remaining. A pair of Horford free throws and a Marvin Williams layup made it 84-77 heading to the fourth.
New York never got closer than six in the fourth period.
The Knicks led 25-23 after 12 minutes of play and used an 8-0 run early in the second to build a 10-point lead. Harrington, who had six points during the spurt, capped the flurry with a layup for a 37-27 margin with less than 8 1/2 minutes remaining until half.
Atlanta scored the final six points of the first half to cut the gap to 54-47 at the break.
The Hawks shot 54.3 percent from the field, while the Knicks made 47.1 percent of their shots...New York guard Nate Robinson missed his sixth consecutive contest with a sprained right ankle...The Knicks won two of three matchups from the Hawks in 2008-09, with both of those wins taking place at Madison Square Garden. Atlanta prevailed in all four meetings between the teams the previous season.
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