Hawks had foul to give in OT, but not in time

ATLANTA (AP) -- When he took a pass from Stephon Marbury with
about five seconds left in overtime, Jamal Crawford didn't

No matter that he was at least five feet behind the 3-point arc.

No matter that he was shooting only 6-of-27 to that point.

Crawford confidently sank the jumper with 3.4 seconds left to
lift the New York Knicks past the Atlanta Hawks, 110-109.

"That was terrible," said Crawford of his poor field-goal
percentage, "but my teammates and my coaches said they were all
good looks, so I kept shooting."

Crawford insisted the poor shooting night never hurt his

"Not at all," said Crawford, who finished with 24 points. "I
can miss 50 but I've got to stay confident."

The pass from Marbury was a surprise to some, because Marbury
led the Knicks with 32 points and had driven down the lane before
kicking the pass back out to Crawford.

"Stephon was getting so much attention, my (Hawks defender)
helped a little," Crawford said.

"He hit a hell of a shot," said Hawks coach Mike Woodson.

Though Marbury is known for his shooter's mentality, Knicks
coach Lenny Wilkens insisted the pass back out to Crawford was

"That's the way Stephon has been playing, very unselfish,"
Wilkens said. "We had just talked about how we could attack the
zone from the top, just put it on the floor and go. ... Jamal got
into the seam and made the shot. And it was a big shot."

Crawford said he knew the Hawks had a foul to give -- Woodson was
yelling for his team to foul -- but Marbury made the pass before he
could be fouled.

Crawford's game-winner was a heart-breaker for the Hawks, who
suffered their seventh straight loss despite one of their best
efforts of the season.

The Hawks made 10 of 16 3-point shots, including five of six
attempts by Antoine Walker, who scored a game-high and season-high
36 points.

"Moral victories don't help us right now," Walker said. "It
was a bad month. That's the only way you can look at it."

Even after Crawford's shot, the Hawks had another chance when
Nazr Mohammed fouled Walker with 2 seconds left. Walker missed the
first free throw. Following a timeout, Walker made the second free
throw despite trying to intentionally miss the shot. The Knicks
then inbounded and ran out the clock.

New York has won four out of five to move above .500 for the
first time since Dec. 10, 2001.

"It was a great win," Wilkens said. "Give the Hawks credit,
too, because they played hard. They're at home and they want to
win. And it's never easy to win on the road. But our guys hung in
there and got themselves back in the game after they let it slip

The Knicks led by 12 points at 33-21 early in the second quarter
but lost the lead before halftime.

Tony Delk added 21 points for the Hawks.

Mohammed added 22 for the Knicks.

Rookie Josh Smith sparked the Hawks with a blocked shot followed
by a jam at the other end to highlight a 14-2 run for a 91-85 lead,
the Hawks' largest of the game.

Atlanta then went more than seven minutes without a field goal
as New York pulled even at 94.

The Hawks' field-goal drought ended when Delk's 3-pointer hit
the rim, bounced straight up and fell through for a 97-94 lead with
1:05 left.

A basket by Mohammed cut the lead to one point. After Jon Barry
made only one of two free throws with 12.3 seconds left, Marbury
was fouled by Delk on a drive to the basket with 2.6 seconds left.
He made both free throws to force overtime.

Delk's 10 second-quarter points helped the Hawks rally from a
12-point deficit. A jumper by Marbury, giving him 21 points in the
half, put the Knicks ahead 56-55 at halftime.

Game notes
It was the first overtime game of the season for both
teams. ... Knicks F Tim Thomas suffered a bruised right quadriceps
in the second quarter and didn't start the second half, though he
returned later. ... The Hawks activated F-C Kevin Willis from the
injured reserve list. G Donta Smith returned to the injured list
with a lower back strain.

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