Knicks Beat Hawks As Horford Buzzer Shot Is Too Late

Published on: 9th March, 2010


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New York – Even though the NBA season for the New York Knickerbockers may have devolved into evaluation mode, with no chance of making the post-season playoffs for the ninth consecutive year, it doesn’t mean their remaining games can’t be entertaining.

Tonight’s game against the playoff-bound Atlanta Hawks provided the sellout crowd at Madison Square Garden with the rare opportunity to walk out of this building with a big collective smile instead of the more typical muttering under the breath Knick fans have grown used to for the past decade or so. 

The Knicks beat the Hawks for the third time this season, 99-98 when video replay showed Al Horford’s basket came after the buzzer.

Wilson Chandler stopped Josh Smith’s drive to the basket with seconds to play and the ball bounced out to Horford in the lane. Referees originally ruled his short jumper good, but replay clearly showed the light was on above the backboard with the ball still in his hands.

Danilo Gallinari scored 27 points and David Lee had 19 points and 13 rebounds for the Knicks (22-41), who won for just the third time in 15 games and temporarily avoided a franchise-record ninth straight losing season.

Smith had 25 points, 10 rebounds and six assists for the Hawks, who have lost two straight following a four-game winning streak. Joe Johnson scored 22 points and Horford finished with 18 points and 12 boards.

Atlanta fell a game behind Boston for third place in the Eastern Conference, and could come back to regret its surprisingly poor play against the Knicks. New York beat the Hawks for the third time in a row, having handed them two of their seven losses at home this season.

Al Harrington scored 14 points and Toney Douglas added 11 for the Knicks, who bounced back from a humiliating loss to New Jersey on Saturday by going 10 of 15 from 3-point range. They did it without Tracy McGrady, who was resting because of general soreness.

He’ll probably be back sometime on the Knicks’ five-game road trip starting Wednesday at San Antonio while the Big East has Madison Square Garden for its conference tournament.

Douglas snapped a 68-all tie with a 3-pointer with 1:23 left in the third quarter, and Harrington hit another as New York took a 76-70 lead to the fourth. Gallinari drilled another 3 a minute into the final period, and the Knicks led by 10 after Chandler’s 3 with 5:27 to go.

Atlanta used an 11-2 spurt, mostly on free throws, to get within 97-96 with 2:53 remaining, but then neither team could score again until Harrington’s jumper gave the Knicks a three-point cushion with 50.5 left.

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