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114 - 107 Final
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Harrington, Knicks surprise Hawks, 114-107

Dec 5, 2009 - 3:58 AM By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer

ATLANTA(AP) -- Josh Smith was in the locker room when the Atlanta Hawks were trying to find a way to stop the New York Knicks' cuts to the basket.

Smith, ejected in the second quarter, proved to be a crucial missing piece.

Al Harrington scored 27 points, Chris Duhon had 25 points and 10 assists and the Knicks used an effective combination of 3-pointers and drives to the basket to beat the Hawks 114-107 on Friday night.

Nine of New York's 11 3-pointers came in the first half. Duhon, David Lee and Larry Hughes attacked with drives to the basket after Smith, the NBA's leader in blocked shots, was given two technical fouls by referee Bob Delaney.

"(Smith) just can't put himself in that position again," Hawks coach Mike Woodson said.

Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni said Smith's exit "made things a little easier for us, in terms of matchups, because he can change the dynamics of the game."

Duhon said Smith's ejection helped the Knicks change their attack plan. With Atlanta missing its top shot-blocker, the Knicks began driving to the basket.

"It definitely makes a big difference," Duhon said. "Usually you come off the pick and roll to the rim, No. 5 is back there. If he doesn't stop you he's going to make you alter your shot.

"It was kind of a relief knowing when you went to the basket that he wasn't going to be there to knock it away."

Lee, often matched against former University of Florida teammate Al Horford, had 18 points and 17 rebounds.

Harrington, the former Atlanta star, had 23 of New York's first 46 points.

"Al got hot in the first half and carried us to keep us close until our offense got where it needed to be," Duhon said.

D'Antoni said Harrington's hot start gave the Knicks "a jump start."

"He gave us some confidence, and this is the best game he's had all season," D'Antoni said. "Everybody started pitching in, which helped us stay in the game and gave us a chance to beat these guys."

Harrington said Atlanta's 11-0 run made him think "Man, we better do something or we're getting blown out of the building."

The Knicks, who had lost six of seven, made 11 of 25 3-point attempts, gave the Hawks only their second loss in 10 home games. Harrington and Duhon each had four 3s.

Joe Johnson led Atlanta with 29 points. Marvin Williams added 20 points and Horford added 17 points and 14 rebounds.

The Hawks made only 4 of 23 3-pointers.

Smith apparently complained to referee Bob Delaney about Harrington's defense, drawing the technical with 6:21 remaining in the second quarter.

Smith walked to midcourt and continued his protests to Delaney, drawing a second technical foul and the ejection. Smith threw his mouthpiece to the floor on his way off the court and kicked a trash can in the hall leading to the locker room.

Smith was not available for comment after the game.

Johnson said Smith apologized to the team after the game.

"Those things happen," Johnson said of Smith's ejection. "When they do, other guys have to step up."

Williams said Smith's ejection was "absolutely" a surprise.

"You kind of hope a guy can contain himself in situations like that," Williams said. "I don't know what happened. It didn't look like anything too out of control. Obviously, the referee didn't like it."

New York led 48-42 when Smith was ejected.

Knicks guard Nate Robinson, who did not play Wednesday night in a loss at Orlando, was in uniform but again was held out.

Larry Hughes had 16 points for New York. Tony Douglas, with six points, was the only other Knicks backup to score.

NOTES: Knicks F Danilo Gallinari was in uniform but did not play due to a sore right forearm. He started 17 of the team's first 19 games and said he hopes to play Sunday against New Jersey. ... Undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. attended the game. ... Smith left with eight points and five rebounds.








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    NEW YORK 35 29 19 31 114
    ATLANTA 34 17 33 23 107 FINAL

    HIGH SCORERS: NYK - AL HARRINGTON 27, CHRIS DUHON 25, TWO
    PLAYERS WITH 18
    ATL - JOE JOHNSON 29, MARVIN WILLIAMS 20, AL
    HORFORD 17

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    NEW YORK 83
    ATLANTA 84 END, 3RD QTR

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    HALFTIME 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
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    NEW YORK 35 29 64
    ATLANTA 34 17 51 HALFTIME
    HIGH SCORERS AT HALFTIME
    NYK - AL HARRINGTON 25, CHRIS DUHON 16,
    DAVID LEE 10
    ATL - MARVIN WILLIAMS 13, AL HORFORD 9,
    JOSH SMITH 8

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    NEW YORK 35 35
    ATLANTA 34 34 END 1ST QTR
    HIGH SCORERS AFTER 1ST QUARTER
    NYK - AL HARRINGTON 17, CHRIS DUHON 11,
    LARRY HUGHES 3
    ATL - MARVIN WILLIAMS 11, AL HORFORD 7,
    JOSH SMITH 6

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