Al Jefferson and Gerald Henderson each scored 19 points, Marvin Williams had 18 and the Charlotte Hornets routed the Brooklyn Nets 115-91.
After waiting as long as anyone to start season, the Atlanta Hawks combined athleticism, depth and a stingy defense to spoil the Nets’ final home opener in New Jersey and to show everyone they will contend in this lockout-shortened season.
The Knicks have suffered two nine-point losses to the Atlanta Hawks and the last meeting featured a fight heading into Wednesday night’s game at Madison Square Garden.
The NBA cited Marvin Williams on Saturday for throwing punches and fighting, while Shawne Williams got a one-game ban for throwing a punch during an altercation.
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.