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Knicks and Hawks square off in Atlanta

Mar 6, 2011 - 4:00 PM (Sports Network) - The New York Knicks hope to bounce back from a rather embarrassing loss when they visit Dixie to take on the Atlanta Hawks.

Anthony Parker and Baron Davis buried back-to- back three-pointers down the stretch on Friday as the Cleveland Cavaliers rallied for another win over New York, 119-115, to snap their 26-game road losing streak. The Cavs won for the first time on the road in nearly four months despite trailing by 12 points with less than seven minutes to play.

Cleveland also beat the Knicks for the 11th straight time, moving to 3-0 against them this season -- including two wins in the last eight days with Carmelo Anthony in the New York lineup.

Trying to tie the game in the final seconds, Anthony sliced into the lane and was called for an offensive foul after driving his knee into Samardo Samuels under the basket.

"It is a tough loss. I really don't want to say it is embarrassing, but it is a tough loss knowing we went out there in Cleveland and lost a game to them," said Anthony. "Knowing how important it is to take care of home court. Losing tonight is a tough one."

Amare Stoudemire had a game-high 41 points, but the Knicks fell to 3-3 since the blockbuster Anthony trade.

"If you don't close games out, you're at the mercy of the other players," said Knicks head coach Mike D'Antoni.

Anthony finished with 29 points, while guards Landry Fields (17) and Toney Douglas (11) combined for 28 with Chauncey Billups out of the lineup again for New York. Billups, a part of the Anthony trade, missed his second straight game with a bruised left thigh and remains doubtful for tonight.

The Hawks, meanwhile, fell to 1-1 on a four-game homestand when Kevin Durant returned to the lineup from a sprained left ankle suffered in Wednesday's game to score 29 points, grab eight rebounds and hand out five assists to lead Oklahoma City to a 111-104 win over Atlanta.

Joe Johnson netted 24 points and Kirk Hinrich totaled 21 for the Hawks, who were without star forward Josh Smith and have dropped two out of three and five of their last eight games. Al Horford ended with 15 points and 12 rebounds.

"That was a tough one," Johnson about the loss. "I thought we came out with the right energy and effort and dictated how we wanted the game to be played. We just didn't get stops when we needed to like we normally do."

Jamal Crawford contributed 19 points and five helpers off the bench but it was not enough to prevent the Hawks from falling to the Thunder for a fourth straight meeting.

Smith, who has a sprained right knee, has been listed as probable for tonight's contest.

Atlanta has taken two of three from the Knicks so far this season, including a 111-102 win at Philips Arena back on Jan. 28.