ATLANTA, Nov. 30 (Ticker) --
After being cold from the arc through four
quarters, Jamal Crawford
was clutch in overtime.
Crawford's 3-pointer with 3.3 seconds remaining helped the New
York Knicks post a 110-109 victory over the Atlanta
Hawks, who have lost seven in a row.
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With time winding down, Knicks guard Stephon Marbury
down the right arc, drawing a double-team. Instead of taking
the ball to the basket, Marbury passed to an open Crawford, who
had made just one of his previous 10 3-pointers, including a
miss earlier in overtime.
Crawford sank a 25-footer from the right side to give New York a
"I play basketball to win," Marbury said. "And Jamal is a
confident player. And his position is to go out and play the
way he played tonight. When I draw two people, I know it's him
open on the court. I did my job."
"The assistant coaches and players said, 'They're good shots,
just keep shooting it,'" Crawford said. "So I stayed aggressive
and was confident taking the last shot."
Not everyone agreed with Crawford's shot selection.
"(I was thinking), 'Jamal, get to the basket,'" Knicks coach
said. "That's the way Steph has been playing,
very unselfish. We talked about that we could attack (the
Hawks') zone from the top, just put it on the floor and go. The
way it was played, I thought we could get into the seam. Jamal
got into the seam and made the shot, and it was a big shot."
Atlanta had a chance to tie the game when Antoine Walker
fouled with two seconds to go. Shooting just 46 percent from
the line this season, Walker missed the first free throw but
made the second, allowing the Knicks (7-6) to climb above the
.500 mark for the first time since Dec. 10, 2001.
"It was a tough loss," Walker said. "We missed a couple of free
throws down the stretch. They hit the big shots and we missed,
so it was one of those games."
The missed free throws proved costly on what was an otherwise
festive night for Atlanta, as it honored former owner Ted Turner
by raising a banner in his honor at Philips Arena.
Atlanta was in control to start the fourth quarter and opened a
91-85 advantage with 8:17 remaining after a 14-2 run to start
the period. But the Hawks missed their next eight shots and
allowed the Knicks to tie the game, 94-94, with 4:35 left on a
layup by Marbury.
hit a 3-pointer to put Atlanta ahead, but former Hawk
answered with a quick layup.
With 12 seconds remaining, Hawk guard Jon Barry
-- the team's
third-best free-throw shooter -- had a chance to restore the
three-point lead but missed the second of two free throws.
That set the stage for Marbury, who sank a pair of tying free
throws with 2.6 seconds left to send the game to overtime.
"We are struggling making free throws," said Hawks coach Mike Woodson
, whose team ranks last in free-throw shooting at
64.1 percent. "We were in position both times with (Barry) and
Antoine, and they just didn't make them."
Mohammed had 22 points and 15 rebounds for New York, which has
won five straight over Atlanta.
Walker had 36 points and 13 rebounds for the Hawks, who lost to
the Knicks for the second time during their slide.