Al Harrington, Knicks Surprise Hawks 114-107


December 4, 2009

ATLANTA — Al Harrington scored 27 points, Chris Duhon had 25 points and 10 assists and the New York Knicks used an effective combination of 3-pointers and drives to the basket to beat the Atlanta Hawks 114-107 on Friday night.

David Lee, often matched against former University of Florida teammate Al Horford, added 18 points and 17 rebounds.

The Knicks, who had lost six of seven, made 11 of 25 3-point attempts, including nine in the first half, to hand the Hawks only their second loss in 10 home games. Harrington and Duhon each had four 3s.

Atlanta's Josh Smith, the NBA leader in blocked shots, was ejected in the second quarter.

Joe Johnson led Atlanta with 29 points. Marvin Williams added 20 points and Horford added 17 points and 14 rebounds.

The Hawks fell behind outside the 3-point arc. The Hawks made only 4 of 23 3-pointers.

The Knicks recovered after losing a big lead of 15 points early in the third quarter. Atlanta led 84-83 entering the final period but New York regained the momentum. Duhon's drive with 2:43 remaining gave the Knicks a 106-96 lead.

The Hawks, who scored their most points in 16 years in their 146-115 win over Toronto on Wednesday night, appeared to have maintained that high-scoring edge when they scored the first 11 points against the Knicks. Williams had two 3-pointers in the early run, but then Harrington and Duhon unleashed their 3-point attack for the Knicks.

The Knicks rallied to lead 35-34 at the end of the first period.

Smith apparently complained to referee Bob Delaney about Harrington's defense, drawing the technical with 6:21 remaining in the second quarter.

Smith walked to midcourt and continued his protests to Delaney, drawing a second technical foul and the ejection. Smith threw his mouthpiece to the floor on his way off the court and kicked a trash can in the hall leading to the locker room.

Knicks guard Nate Robinson, who did not play Wednesday night in a loss at Orlando, was in uniform but again was held out.

The Knicks were 9 of 15 from 3-point range to take a 64-51 halftime lead over the Hawks, who made only 3 of 16 3s.

Harrington, the former Atlanta star, had 23 of New York's first 46 points.

Larry Hughes
had 16 points for New York. Tony Douglas, with six points, was the only other Knicks backup to score.

Knicks F Danilo Gallinari was in uniform but did not play due to a sore right forearm. He started 17 of the team's first 19 games. … Undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. attended the game. … Smith left with eight points and five rebounds.

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