Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 11/26

Game 1: Monday, November 26th
Game 2: Wednesday, November 28th
Game 3: Thursday, February 7th
Game 4: Thursday, March 21st

Knicks 105

(8-8, 2-7 away)

Hawks 100

(5-11, 4-2 home)

    Coverage: MSG

    7:30 PM ET, November 28, 2001

    Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA

    1 2 3 4 T
    NY 28 29 23 25105
    ATL 19 30 17 34100

    Top Performers

    NY: M. Jackson 17 Pts, 5 Reb, 13 Ast, 2 Stl

    Atl: S. Abdur-Rahim 20 Pts, 8 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl, 3 Blk

    Knicks win third straight, climb back to .500

    ATLANTA (AP) -- The New York Knicks faced a team that wasn't prepared to give much of a defensive effort. They certainly took advantage.

    Latrell Sprewell

    Latrell Sprewell scored 25 points and the Knicks reached 100 for the first time this season, holding off the Atlanta Hawks for a 105-100 victory Wednesday night.

    New York swept a home-and-home series, following up an 88-83 victory Monday at Madison Square Garden. Sprewell scored 29 points in that game and had plenty of help in the rematch.

    Allan Houston added 19 points for the Knicks, who got an unexpected boost offensively from Mark Jackson. The 14-year veteran scored a season-high 17 points -- 10 more than his average.

    "I'm playing well," said Jackson, who also had a season-best 13 assists from the point guard position. "I'm glad they're leaving me open."

    Kurt Thomas also scored 17 as six of New York's nine players shot 50 percent or better.

    Overall, the Knicks were 54 percent (42-for-78) from the field and easily surpassed their previous high of 95 points in a loss to Indiana.

    "It's a real relief," Sprewell said. "We're starting to play better."

    The game wasn't as close as the final score indicated. The Knicks led virtually the entire game, pushing its lead as high as 17 points.

    New York got a little complacent at the end, allowing the Hawks to make things respectable. They weren't deceived by the late spurt.

    "They killed us all night," Jason Terry said. "They had the game won -- that's the only reason we came back. We take no solace in this loss."

    New York had little trouble getting to the basket and basically ran its offense as though it were a practice.

    "Sprewell and Houston caught the ball wherever they wanted to catch it," Atlanta's Dion Glover said. "You can have trouble making shots, but the effort defensively has got to be there."

    Glover led the Hawks with 22 points but was disgusted with the team's performance at the other end.

    "It's like we were not even on the same page," he said. "Some guys were trapping, other guys weren't. We didn't have a clue what to do."

    The Knicks, meanwhile, put the clamps on Atlanta's top offensive players. Shareef Abdur-Rahim had 20 points but shot only 5-for-15. Terry went 5-for-13 and finished with 15 points.

    "I've got to be a lot more aggressive," Terry said. "I've got to get out in transition and get some easy baskets. I'm not doing that right now."

    The Knicks won their third in a row to get back to .500 (8-8).

    "It's very important," Jackson said. "The schedule gets tougher and tougher. If we didn't do it now, we might never do it."

    The Hawks lost their third in a row despite a late spurt, cutting into a 16-point deficit with a 10-0 run.

    Down 102-98, Atlanta got the ball with less than 30 seconds remaining, only to have Thomas swat away a driving shot by Terry.

    "We've been making some progress, but tonight certainly didn't continue that progress," Hawks coach Lon Kruger said. "We've got to be concerned with the other 40 minutes as opposed to the last four or five."

    Marcus Camby, playing his second game for the Knicks after recovering from a foot injury, was held to nine points after scoring 18 in his debut.

    The Knicks went ahead for good at 14-12 on Thomas' basket midway through the first quarter.

    Sprewell had a three-point play with 4:50 remaining to push the Knicks to a 94-81 lead after the Hawks got within six.

    Game notes
    Six players were in double figures for the Hawks, who got 16 points from Jacque Vaughn and 15 from Toni Kukoc off the bench. ... Vaughn went 7-for-8 from the field and is 34-for-57 (60 percent) since missing his first 22 shots. ... The Knicks haven't been at .500 since losing their second game to drop to 1-1. ... Miami is the only team that hasn't scored 100 points in a game this season. ... Nazr Mohammed, filling in at center for the injured Theo Ratliff, went to the free-throw line for the first time in six games. He finished 4-for-5.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 105 100
    FGM-FGA 42-78 (.538) 34-73 (.466)
    3PM-3PA 3-10 (.300) 4-12 (.333)
    FTM-FTA 18-26 (.692) 28-34 (.824)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 9-38 11-37
    Assists 24 18
    Turnovers 13 14
    Steals 6 11
    Blocks 4 5
    Fast Break Points 22 13
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 26 (0/0) 24 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    New York
    Mark Jackson Jackson
    Points: 17
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 13
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0
    Shareef Abdur-Rahim Abdur-Rahim
    Points: 20
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 3