Originally created 02/08/02

Knicks 92, Hawks 89



NEW YORK -- Allan Houston scored 32 points, including a 3-pointer with 2.1 seconds remaining, to lead the New York Knicks to a 92-89 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday night.

Playing on an ankle he injured while missing a last-second shot in a 112-110 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday, Houston made the open jumper, then skipped and jumped back to the Knicks' bench after Atlanta called a timeout.

Hanno Mottola missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer for Atlanta, which had its two-game winning streak halted.

The Knicks nearly blew another lead, but rebounded to snap a three-game losing streak.

New York enters the All-Star break at 19-28, just ahead of the Miami Heat, who are in last place in the Atlantic Division.

Houston shot 5-for-8 from 3-point range and had a team-high nine rebounds one day after challenging teammates to play harder.

Latrell Sprewell had 12 points and Mark Jackson 11 for the Knicks, who shot 52.6 percent from beyond the arc.

Shareef Abdur-Rahim had 29 points, 21 in the second half, for Atlanta. Jason Terry had 25 for the Hawks, who fell to 16-33.

Abdur-Rahim scored six points during a late 12-5 run as the Hawks tied it at 89 with 1:50 left.

Houston lost his dribble on the Knicks' next possession, and Ira Newble picked up the loose ball, but Terry missed a jumper in the lane and Jacque Vaughn missed a 3 just as the 24-second clock expired.

Kurt Thomas' free throw gave the Kicks a 63-53 lead with 7 minutes to go in the third, but the Hawks went on a 13-3 run to tie it with 2:39 to go. Newble, who signed his second 10-day contract with Atlanta on Feb. 1, finished the run with a three-point play off a Houston turnover.

Houston said his ankle was sore before the game but showed no ill effects, scoring 12 points in the first quarter. His 3-pointer with 4:38 to go started a 15-2 run to end the quarter up 31-17. Houston made 3 of 4 from beyond the arc in the period.

Terry scored eight straight points early in the second and had 15 points by halftime. The Hawks pulled to within 46-44 on a Nazr Mohammed dunk, but Mark Jackson hit a 3-pointer to close the scoring in the first half with 28.6 seconds remaining.

Notes: Knicks C Marcus Camby visited his teammates for the first time since injuring his hip Saturday. Camby attended the morning shootaround, moving gingerly on crutches, but did not attend the game. ... G Howard Eisley did not dress. He has an upper respiratory infection. ...Terry had four rebounds and now has 501 for his career.