--The Hawks stormed back from an early double-digit deficit in the third quarter and actually took the lead briefly. But they couldn't maintain the effort in the fourth quarter. While they struggled to make shots, they couldn't contain the Knicks on the defensive end at all. "We suddenly ran out of gas," Hawks coach Mike Woodson said. "But it was an uphill climb all game. We had some good looks early and just couldn't make shots. Our defense in the third quarter got us back in the game but we just didn't have enough coming down the home stretch."
--The Hawks tried everything they could think of to limit Al Harrington's effectiveness and none of it seemed to work, at least early on. Harrington, a former Hawks' captain, worked his old team over for 25 points in the first half alone; he finished with 27.
"We put Al Horford on him," Woodson said. "And I thought Al did an excellent job on him in the third quarter with the bigger lineup. Then they went small and I matched small, so we'll learn from this game."
QUOTE TO NOTE: "They're a scary team when they're making shots and we've got to match shots with shots." -- Hawks coach Mike Woodson on the Knicks.
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