NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Friday, December 4th (All times eastern)
New York Knicks (4-15) at Atlanta Hawks (13-5), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - Coming off their best offensive performance in more than 16 years, the Atlanta Hawks shoot for another home win when the defensively- challenged New York Knicks enter Philips Arena this evening.
The Hawks had lost three of their previous four games heading into Tuesday's matchup with the visiting Toronto Raptors, but shot a sizzling 59.1 percent from the floor en route to a 146-115 rout. The point total was Atlanta's largest since a 149-123 drubbing of Philadelphia on January 30, 1993.
Nine Atlanta players finished in double figures in the easy win, with Al Horford netting 24 points to lead the charge. Josh Smith and Jamal Crawford each scored 16 points, while Joe Johnson compiled 12 points, 11 assists and six rebounds.
It was fun, man," said Horford afterward. "[The Raptors] played that up-tempo style of play and we can play like that too. It was one of those nights we just couldn't miss."
The Hawks also drained 11-of-21 three-point attempts in improving to 8-1 at Philips Arena this season.
Atlanta will attempt to keep up its torrid shooting when it takes on a Knicks squad which ranks 28th in the league in scoring defense (109.1 ppg) and is an awful 4-15 on the season. New York comes in having lost six of its last seven games, four of which have come on the road.
The Knicks' latest setback occurred Tuesday in Orlando, where the Magic shot 55.1 percent as a team to post a 118-104 decision.
Wilson Chandler tallied a season-high 24 points for New York, which failed to build off a rousing 126-99 triumph over Phoenix on Tuesday. Danilo Gallinari added 20 points in the loss and rookie Toney Douglas finished with 17 off the bench.
The Knicks trailed by a 92-70 score after three quarters and never got as close as 12 points down the rest of the way.
"We got down about 20 and I felt like the energy was just zapped out of us," said New York head coach Mike D'Antoni. "I was looking a little bit for the rookies to come in and see if they could give us a bit of a spark., which they did okay."
The Knicks have not won in Atlanta since a 104-100 overtime verdict on March 3, 2007, surrendering three straight losses following that result. The Hawks have taken six of the past eight overall meetings between the teams, as well as six of the seven most recent encounters held at Philips Arena.
12/04 10:31:22 ET