NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Friday, November 3rd (All times eastern)
New York Knicks (1-0) at Atlanta Hawks (0-1), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The New York Knicks are off to a good start and will try to continue their early success tonight against the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena.
The Knicks suffered through a tumultuous 2005-06 campaign, but erased those memories with Wednesday's thrilling 118-117 triple overtime win versus the Memphis Grizzlies at FedEx Forum in the team's season opener.
Quentin Richardson scored a game-high 31 points and sank a pair of free throws with 11.9 seconds left in the third overtime. Jamal Crawford added 21 points, but missed jumpers at the end of regulation and the first two overtimes that would have given the Knicks the victory sooner.
Stephon Marbury tallied 19 points and eight assists and Eddy Curry had 17 points and 14 boards for New York, which won despite squandering a 19-point fourth-quarter lead and gave Isiah Thomas his first victory as head coach.
Thomas served as president of the Knicks the previous three years. The former NBA All-Star replaced Larry Brown, who was relieved of his duties following New York's 23-59 campaign of 2005-06.
Atlanta opened its season in Philadelphia on a sour note, losing an 88-75 contest Wednesday at the Wachovia Center.
Joe Johnson scored 25 points on 9-of-23 shooting for the Hawks, who won only eight games on the road last season. Atlanta trailed the entire game and lost its eighth straight season opener.
Zaza Pachulia and Josh Childress each had 15 points while Tyrone Lue finished with 12 for Atlanta, which shot just 33.3 percent from the field. Pachulia also grabbed 12 rebounds while Childress registered 10 boards.
New York and Atlanta split four games last season, with the Knicks winning two of the last three meetings. The Knicks have won nine of 12 and 15 of the previous 20 meetings with Atlanta.
The Knicks have dropped two in a row at Philips Arena, however, but have won four of their past seven trips to Atlanta.
11/03 11:16:48 ET