By Mike Vorkunov, for NBA.com Posted Saturday November 27, 2010 4:09PM
THE FACTS: Behind Jamal Crawford‘s 21 points off the bench, the Atlanta Hawks withstood a spirited third-quarter run and took a Saturday matinee 99-90 from the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden.
QUOTABLE: “I was talking a lot of trash to the fans and they made me look good.” – Hawks forward Josh Smith about how his teammates picked up the win despite him playing only 23 minutes due to foul trouble.
THE STAT: In his first appearance in New York since flirting with them as a free agent this summer, Joe Johnson didn’t make them forlorn for failing to sign him. He shot just 3-of-15 from the floor and missed all six of 3-point attempts. Johnson scored seven points, after averaging 24.5 against them last season.
TURNING POINT: With the Knicks on a 9-0 run and having worked their way back from an 18-point halftime deficit, the momentum was all theirs despite the Hawks having a 75-71 lead. But when Crawford nailed a corner 3-pointer with 10:21 remaining in the fourth quarter, Atlanta took back control of the game and never let it back up.
QUOTABLE II: “That’s the one that can keep the pressure off of you.” – Jamal Crawford on the 3-pointer he made that was the turning point of the game.
NOT: The Knicks have found themselves an identity this year: they tend to live and die by how well they shoot from beyond the arc. During their five-game winning streak, they hit at least 40 percent of their 3-pointers in every game. But against the Hawks they hit just 4-of-15 from long distance (26.7 percent).