NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Tuesday, November 30th (All times eastern)
New York Knicks (6-6) at Atlanta Hawks (2-11), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The New York Knicks try to go above the .500 mark for the first time in nearly three years this evening when they travel to Atlanta to face the Hawks at Philips Arena.
The Knicks are coming off perhaps their strongest effort of the season on Saturday, as Jamal Crawford poured in a season-high 30 points and Nazr Mohammed contributed 19 points and 10 rebounds in New York's 108-102 win over the Toronto Raptors at Madison Square Garden.
Stephon Marbury collected 18 points and a season-high 15 assists for the Knicks, who have won three of their last four. A win tonight would push New York above .500 for the first time since a loss to the Boston Celtics dropped them to 11-10 back on December 11, 2001.
Tim Thomas netted 17 points and Kurt Thomas chipped in 12 points and 11 boards in the win.
Mohammed, who will return to Atlanta for the first time since the deal that sent him to New York last season, is averaging 12.3 points and 8.7 rebounds- per-contest with the Knicks this season. After cracking the starting lineup just twice over the past two years with the Hawks, Mohammed has started every game for the Knicks this season and has scored in double figures in his last four games and hauled in nine or more rebounds in each of those contests.
In his two games versus the Hawks since the deal, Mohammed has scored 18 points in each contest and pulled down 14 rebounds last week versus Atlanta at MSG.
New York, which will return home for two games following tonight's tilt, is 5-1 at home this season.
Atlanta, meanwhile, has dropped six straight following its embarrassing 107-92 loss to the expansion Charlotte Hornets on Saturday at Charlotte Arena. Al Harrington tallied a game-high 27 points, while Antoine Walker had 24 points and eight boards in the loss.
Turnovers hurt the Hawks, as they committed 22 which resulted in 28 points for the Bobcats.
Atlanta, which will wrap up a two-game homestand on Friday versus the Washington Wizards, has dropped three in a row at home and is 1-5 in its arena this season.
The Knicks crushed the Hawks, 104-88, one week ago and has won five straight in the series and seven of the last eight meetings. New York has also won two of three and three of its last five in Atlanta.
11/30 10:07:45 ET