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New York Knicks Vs. Atlanta Hawks Score: Jamal Crawford Leads Hawks To 30-21 Edge Through One

Well, at least the Atlanta Hawks look like they'll score way more than 59 points in this one.

Jamal Crawford has nine points and Josh Smith poured in six to lead the Hawks to a 30-21 lead over the New York Knicks after one period at the Highlight Factory.  Atlanta doesn't have a problem scoring in this one. They've controlled the paint and connected from outside to take the near double-digit lead into the second quarter.

If Atlanta was deficient at anything, it was in New York's post. Any time that Ronny Turiaf has a pair of buckets -- most of them down low -- you know that you have some issues clogging up things down low.  However, the Knicks couldn't buy a bucket from behind the arc and were 0-for-6 from behind the 3-point line in the first 12 minutes of the basketball game.

The Hawks should be fine in this one as long as they continue to use their athleticism to run all over a Knicks team that has to be tired after becoming the best team ever to beat the Miami Heat on Thursday night on national television.  New York's basketball team should be a little bit tired on the back end of the back-to-back.

Amare Stoudemire had five points for the Knicks, who went to the line just twice in the first quarter.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.