NBA Game Summary - New York at Atlanta
(Tuesday, November 30th)
Final Score: New York 110, Atlanta 109 (OT)
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Jamal Crawford hit a go-ahead three-pointer with 3.4 seconds left in overtime and the New York Knicks held on for a 110-109 win over the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena.
Stephon Marbury recorded a team-high 32 points and hit a pair of game-tying free throws with 2.6 seconds left in regulation, as the Knicks have won two straight to move over .500 for the first time in nearly three years.
Crawford, who shot only 7-of-28 from the field and 2-of-12 from three-point land, finished with 24 points for New York, which has won four of five overall.
Former Hawk Nazr Mohammed recorded his fourth straight double-double, scoring 22 points and grabbing 15 rebounds, for the Knicks, who won for only the second time in seven road games this season.
Atlanta's Antoine Walker recorded a season-high 36 points and tallied 13 boards, but missed the first of two free throws with two seconds left that would have forced a second OT. He did, however, spark a 14-2 fourth quarter run that got Atlanta back into the game.
Tony Delk had a season-high 21 points for the Hawks, who failed to hold on to late leads in both the fourth quarter and overtime to lose for the seventh straight time.
With the Hawks ahead 108-105 in OT, Crawford hit his first clutch shot by draining a running jumper with 1:08 left. Later, with Atlanta still ahead by a point, Crawford hit the game-winner.
Mohammed opened the door for the Hawks to tie the contest, fouling Walker with two seconds left. However, Walker missed the first and, when trying to intentionally miss the second, swished the shot to close the door.
"We played well enough to win the game and we had our chances," said Walker. "We have nobody to blame but ourselves."
Crawford entered overtime missing his final eight shots from the field.
Atlanta opened the fourth quarter trailing 83-77, but proceeded to score 14 of the first 16 points of the frame to take a 91-85 lead. Walker scored the final eight points during the surge for Atlanta, hitting on a pair of three- pointers and then draining a layup to put his team its largest lead of the night.
New York tied the game at 94-94 with 4:55 left on a Marbury basket, but then both teams went cold from the field. The next bucket didn't come until Delk drained a three-pointer with 1:10 on the clock to give Atlanta the lead.
Mohammed quickly got a put-back basket on the other end to draw the Knicks within one and, after Jon Barry hit only one-of-two from the free throw line with 12 second left, Marbury forced overtime by driving past Delk, drawing a foul with 2.6 seconds left and hitting both free throws.
"It was a great win," said Knicks head coach Lenny Wilkens. "Our guys hung in there and got themselves back in the game after we let it get away."
Marbury ended 12-of-12 from the line as the Knicks went 33-of-41 as a team. Atlanta went only 23-of-36.
New York, on the other hand, shot only 5-of-23 from behind the arc for the game, compared to a season-best 10-of-16 for Atlanta. Walker ended 13-of-23 from the floor and 5-of-6 from three.
Kurt Thomas had 10 points and eight rebounds for the Knicks...Al Harrington had 13 points for the Hawks...Boris Diaw-Riffiod scored seven of his 10 points in OT...Mohammed has six double-doubles this season...NY was last over .500 on December 11, 2001 when it was 11-10...Predrag Drobnjak missed the game with a sprained right ankle...Kevin Willis, who finished with eight points and 10 boards, was activated off the injured list prior to the game...Atlanta placed Dante Smith on the IL with a lower back strain.
11/30 23:43:31 ET