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Knicks At Hawks Score: Atlanta Falls In Love With Jump Shot, Trails New York 24-19 Through One

Joe Johnson pulls up and takes a jumper. Josh Smith posts up and takes a jumper. Jamal Crawford posts up and takes a jumper. They all miss.

How many times have we seen this before Atlanta Hawks fans?

You think they'd learn by now.

The Hawks started out slow and the short-handed New York Knicks took advantage, taking a 24-19 edge through one quarter.

The frustrating thing for Atlanta is that the Knicks did it without much from Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire. They've combined for six points. But New York has seven from rookie Landry Fields and leads through the first 12 minutes.

Atlanta on the other hand is not hitting their jumpers and didn't decide to go inside until late in the frame. As a result, they are shooting just 39-percent (7-for-18) from the field.

Kirk Hinrich leads the Hawks with six points -- nailing two open 3-pointers.  Josh Smith started this one, but got into foul trouble and spent most of the second part of the quarter on the bench.

Atlanta's going to have to go inside-out if they are going to have a chance in this one. It shouldn't be that difficult. It's not like New York has a true big inside. Just put in the effort and go to work guys. You will be rewarded.

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