ATLANTA (Ticker) -- It's hard to imagine things getting any worse for the New York Knicks.

En route to their eighth loss in nine games, the Knicks were pushed around and threw the ball around in a 120-101 setback to the Atlanta Hawks, who cruised to their biggest win of the season.

Al Harrington had 26 points and 10 rebounds and Joe Johnson scored 24 points for the Hawks, who had lost five of their last six games but looked like one of the best teams in the NBA against a dispirited Knicks squad.

Atlanta has beaten New York twice in three meetings this season, registering its two best offensive outputs in the wins.

"We haven't had many games like that," Hawks coach Mike Woodson said.

During its recent slide, New York has lost by 29 points to Toronto, 26 to Detroit and 15 to Philadelphia without Allen Iverson. Its only win was Friday's home triumph over Orlando in which it nearly blew a 25-point lead.

"We just acted like we wanted to get home," Knicks coach Larry Brown said. "We have games like this. We've had a lot of them. You really break the film down and show the last game, just five, six minutes. You can pull out any film; they're all the same - letting (teams) take the easy basket, not getting back on defense, not keeping people in front of you."

The Knicks were supposed to have forward Antonio Davis, whose five-game suspension for running into the stands was over but was sidelined by a sore back. In addition, forward Qyntel Woods, who scored a career-high 24 points Saturday at Philadelphia, was hurt in practice Sunday and could not play.

New York was outrebounded, 39-34, and committed 23 turnovers that led to 30 points for Atlanta. It did not make a 3-pointer until the fourth quarter, when it trailed by 30 points before making a half-hearted push.

"We lead the league in turnovers," Brown said. "Did you see them press on us? It's every game. We have few assists and a lot of turnovers. As much as we have trouble as we have guarding people, to give up 30 points on turnovers, it's even more difficult."

"Tonight, we didn't compete at all as far as trying to win the game," New York guard Stephon Marbury said. "I cannot explain that. I know we can't go into games playing how we played today."

In the first half, the Knicks shot nearly 53 percent (20-of-38) from the field, got to the line 19 times - and trailed, 61-53. Part of the reason was they had 10 defensive rebounds while the Hawks grabbed 12 offensive rebounds and scored 13 second-chance points.

Leading the way was Harrington, who swept five offensive boards and scored 15 points. Johnson added 12 and Tyronn Lue 11 off the bench as Atlanta went to intermission riding a 10-2 run.

It got worse in the second half. After committing just six turnovers in the first half, the Knicks had 12 in the third quarter, leading to 17 points for the Hawks, which left Brown questioning whether his team gave up.

"It looked that way," Brown said. "Didn't it look that way to you? It sure looked that way to me."

"The defensive intensity was up," Hawks rookie guard Salim Stoudamire said. "We were denying passes, blocking out, and when we defend, we can get easy buckets. Everybody was on the same page tonight. It was one of our best games of the season."

A pair of jumpers by Stoudamire fueled an 8-0 surge that included three giveaways by the Knicks and closed the quarter, giving Atlanta a 92-69 lead. Josh Childress opened the final period with two free throws and a jumper before Stoudamire drained a 3-pointer, giving the Hawks their largest lead at 99-69.

"We just kept playing and building the lead and never let them back to where they felt like they could get into the game," Childress said. "That's a great team effort by everybody. We had six guys in double figures and everybody played well."

Childress scored 15 points and Stoudamire and rookie Marvin Williams added 13 apiece for the Hawks, who shot 48 percent (40-of-84), including 10-of-17 from the arc.

Rookie David Lee scored 18 points and fellow reserve Jackie Butler added 15 for the Knicks, who got 63 points from their bench.