Everything You Need to Know - Hawks vs. Knicks - December 4, 2009


New York 114, Atlanta 107 | December 4, 2009 | Philips Arena
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  • The Atlanta Hawks dropped a 114-107 decision to the visiting New York Knicks, as Al Harrington and Chris Duhon accounted for 52 points.
  • Harrington, the former Hawk, tallied 25 of his 27 points in the first 24 and received additional help from Duhon, who scored 25.
  • Joe Johnson led the Hawks with 29, while Marvin Williams added 20, as Atlanta fell to 13-6 on the season.
  • From the looks of things at the start, you would have thought the Hawks were going to post a shutout, jumping out to a 11-0 advantage, but New York came storming back to take a 35-34 lead after one.
  • The Knicks continued that effort over the next 12 minutes, shredding Atlanta defensively to take a 64-51 halftime lead. Harrington totaled an opponent individual first half high with 25 points, while Duhon tossed in 16.
  • The Hawks were hampered after the ejection of Josh Smith, who was tossed in the second quarter by referee Bob Delaney. Smith had eight points and five rebounds in 12 minutes.
  • Atlanta took a one-point lead into the final period after Johnson connected on 11 in the quarter. The Hawks shot 61% to lead 84-83.
  • Atlanta returns to action on Saturday when the Dallas Mavericks play host at the American Airlines Center (9 pm, 790 AM, FSSO HD).

Joe Johnson

MIN
FGM-A
3PM-A
FTM-A
44:19
12-24
0-5
5-7

AST
REB
BLK
PTS
8
8
0
29

Honorable Mention
Al Horford - 17 pts, 14 reb

- For a breif while it looked like Atlanta might repeat its big comeback (14 points) that it turned in a couple weeks ago in New York. The Hawks rallied from a 15 point deficit to take a lead into the fourth quarter and were up by three after scoring on their first possession. Maybe it was fatigue after expending all of their energy to make a comeback, or maybe it was the same ineffective play that put them behind to begin with, but the Knicks had their way the rest of the game.

- Atlanta tied a season-low for points in the second quarter with 17. They shot 0-of-8 in the quarter from behind the arc. Joe and Jamal were a combined 0-for-8 from 3-point land for the game.

- Al Harrington had 25 at half, but it was Chris Duhon's 16 that was more alarming. Duhon's season-high for an entire game coming into the night was 18. He finished with 25.

- The Hawks were guilty of matching the same hectic style of play that the Knicks practice, which usually means the team that shoots the ball better takes home the win.

- The good news is that Atlanta will have no time to hang their head about the loss as they lace 'em up against the Mavericks in Dallas tomorrow night.