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Hawks hand Knicks fifth straight loss

NEW YORK -- Al Horford scored a season-high 25 points and grabbed nine rebounds, Josh Smith added 22 points and 12 boards, and the Atlanta Hawks sent the New York Knicks to their fifth straight loss with a 114-101 victory Wednesday night.

Joe Johnson and Mike Bibby each had 19 points for the Hawks, who trailed by 14 in the first half but dominated the final 24 minutes. Too deep and athletic for the Knicks, the Hawks seized control late in the third quarter and pulled away midway through the fourth.

Former Knicks guard Jamal Crawford added nine of his 11 in the second half.

Toney Douglas scored a season-high 23 points in his first start for the Knicks (1-8), off to their worst start since also dropping eight of nine to open the 2002-03 season. Al Harrington also had 23, but drew loud groans from the crowd after botching a wide-open layup with a little more than 4 minutes left.

Trailing by five, Atlanta scored 12 straight points late in the third quarter, opening a 78-71 lead on Crawford's 3-pointer with 2:50 left.