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Crawford Leads Hawks To 99-90 Win Over Knicks

(AP Photo/Paul J. Bereswill)

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NEW YORK (AP) — Jamal Crawford scored a game-high 21 points off the bench, and the Atlanta Hawks held off New York 99-90 on Saturday to snap the Knicks’ five-game winning streak.

The former Knicks guard was helped out by 17 points and nine rebounds from Al Horford, and 14 points from Mike Bibby. Josh Smith added Marvin Williams had 13 each for the Hawks, who have won two straight after a three-game slide.

Hawks coach Larry Drew had called out his team’s effort during their skid.

Atlanta trailed by 18 at the half and closed within four points in the fourth quarter on a driving lay-up by Wilson Chandler and a free throw after the score. The Hawks then scored seven straight on a 3-pointer by Crawford, a hook shot by Horford and his turnaround jumper.

Amar’e Stoudemire had 24 points and 10 rebounds for the Knicks, who were going for their first six-game winning streak since Larry Brown was the coach, from Jan. 2-13, 2006.

Raymond Felton added 18 points and rookie Landry Fields had 15 points and 11 rebounds.

Maurice Evans had 10 points off the bench for Atlanta, which is an Eastern Conference-best 6-2 on the road this season.

Notes: The Knicks are 3-4 in the first game of back-to-back sets. … Fans gave Crawford a warm applause when he came in to the game in the second quarter. Crawford did not rule out coming back to the Knicks if Atlanta does not extend his contract after the season.

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