Originally created 12/17/05

Hawks hand Knicks fifth straight loss



ATLANTA - Joe Johnson scored a career-high 36 points and Al Harrington had 35 Friday night as the Atlanta Hawks beat New York 122-111, the Knicks' fifth straight loss.

The Hawks shot 63 percent from the field, best in the NBA this season. Atlanta entered shooting 43.6 percent as a team, 25th in the league.

After allowing Milwaukee and Orlando to combine for 23 3-pointers in consecutive home losses, the Knicks looked lethargic in the first half, when Harrington and Johnson each were 4-for-4 from behind the arc.

New York, which dropped to 6-16 under first-year coach Larry Brown, was within four points early in the second quarter before Atlanta went on a 23-11 run that ended with Johnson feeding Harrington for a 3.

Jamal Crawford scored 23 points and Stephon Marbury added 21, but he had a game-high six turnovers for the league's most mistake-prone team. Channing Frye added 16 points and seven rebounds for the Knicks, who never led.

Johnson and Harrington combined to hit 27 of 37 field-goal attempts. Zaza Pachulia had 11 rebounds for Atlanta, which has won three of four.

The Knicks played without center Eddy Curry, who sprained his ankle in practice Thursday.

Notes: Johnson's previous career high of 34 points came Dec. 2 in a 102-101 home loss to Toronto.... New York had won 12 of 15 against the Hawks, including two of the last three in Atlanta.... Harrington's 35 points were the previous single-game high for the Hawks in a 125-116 loss at Denver on Dec. 6.... Dallas had the NBA's best shooting percentage when it hit 59 percent in a 119-82 home victory over Detroit Nov. 19.