Atlanta’s Al Horford provided the final attempt one second too late, allowing the New York Knicks to claim victory for the third consecutive time over the Hawks last night at Madison Square Garden. Wilson Chandler provided a huge block for the Knicks with 1.7 seconds to go before Horford came up with the rebound, only for the horn to sound and keep the score at 99-98 in favor of New York. Danilo Gallinari led the Knicks with 27 points as David Lee controlled the inside with 19 points and 13 rebounds.
“He was the star of the game. He did an unbelievable job for us. He did a great job forcing Joe (Johnson) into tough shots,” said Lee of Gallinari. “Sometimes they went, but he did a good job of forcing him into them. Gallo played well on both ends for us.”
Johnson ended the night with 22 points and five assists. Josh Smith scored 25 for the Hawks with a side of 10 boards. Atlanta will continue their road trip to DC to face the Washington Wizards tomorrow before returning to Phillips Arena to prepare for the Detroit Pistons on Saturday. The Knicks are scheduled to start their five-game road trip against the San Antonio Spurs tonight at 8:30 PM.