Red-hot Knicks welcome Hawks to MSG
=== Red-hot Knicks welcome Hawks to MSG ===
(Sports Network) – The New York Knicks take aim at their sixth straight win
this evening when they close a two-game homestand against the Atlanta Hawks at
Madison Square Garden.
Head coach Larry Brown could also reach a significant milestone this evening,
as a victory tonight would give him 1,000 for his NBA coaching career. Brown
has amassed a 999-762 mark with the Denver Nuggets, New Jersey Nets, San
Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Clippers, Indiana Pacers, Philadelphia 76ers,
Detroit Pistons and Knicks.
On Wednesday, Stephon Marbury netted 28 points and dished out six assists as
New York edged the Dallas Mavericks, 117-115, in overtime action at the
Garden. Jamal Crawford came off the bench to net 25 points for the Knicks,
have not won six straight since a seven-game run from December 22, 2000-
January 7, 2001.
Eddy Curry chipped in 21 points and seven rebounds in the victory.
In overtime, Antonio Davis tipped home Marbury’s miss to give the Knicks a
112-109 edge with 2:33 left, but Dirk Nowitzki later tied it up with a jumper
Davis and Crawford each hit two free throws for a 116-112 lead with only 11
seconds left. Dallas’ best chance to pull closer was a three-point attempt by
Nowitzki that rolled off the iron with 6.4 seconds remaining.
The Knicks, who will head to Toronto on Sunday, are 8-8 in their arena this
Atlanta, meanwhile, comes into tonight’s tilt riding a two-game losing streak
after falling to the Washington Wizards 103-72 on Wednesday at the MCI Center.
Royal Ivey led the Hawks with 11 points on 3-of-5 shooting while Al Harrington
added 10 points in the loss, the Hawks’ sixth in its last eight attempts.
Atlanta never got closer than 13 in the second half and trailed by as many as
35 points in the final minutes.
The Hawks, who will start a seven-game homestand after tonight’s affair, are
3-15 away from home this season.
New York lost to the Hawks earlier in the season, but has won nine of the last
12 meetings. Atlanta has also struggled in the Big Apple, where it has lost 10
of its last 11 and 11 of its last 13.