Knicks Hawked at Garden Lose 114-101November 12, 2009
Last night the Knicks decided that it may be easier to win a game if they have a lead in the first half instead of being down by double digits. Good strategy but the result was the same, their 5th straight loss. The Hawks offensive array of players were just too talented for the Knicks to keep up with, as Atlanta completely dominated the 2nd half of the game last night en route to a 114-101 victory.
The Knicks began the game with high energy and crisp ball movement with Toney Douglas being inserted into the starting lineup for Larry Hughes. He once again proved his worth as he surpassed his career high in points from two nights ago with 23 on 10 for 19 shooting. The Knicks owned a 14 point lead with 2 minutes remaining in the 1st half their largest of the season, after consecutive baskets by Al Harrington. Harrington who botched a lay-up attempt in the 4th quarter and drew some boos finished the game with 23 points and 12 rebounds.
The 2nd half was a complete different game as the Hawks scored 12 straight points late in the 3rd quarter ending with a Al Horford conventional three-point play. Horford scored 14 points in that period and had a game high 25 points along with 9 rebounds. Joe Johnson and Mike Bibby contributed 19 points a piece, with the ever so versatile forward Josh Smith pouring in 22 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals and 1 block. The Hawks have a talented starting five and a sixth man of the year contender in former Knick Jamal Crawford. Jamal received a chorus of cheers from the Knick faithful when he entered the game with 3:34 remaining in the first quarter. He finished the game with 11 points, nine of them coming in the 2nd half.
The Hawks outscored the Knicks 21-8 in fast break points. They are also off to their worst 9 game start in franchise history. Nate Robinson who did not get clearance to play yesterday may be available when the Knicks end their 7 game home stand against Golden State tomorrow night. Eddy Curry who was interviewed at halftime by Knick commentator Al Trautwig looked slim and streamlined. He is hoping to make his first appearance of the season next week.