Hawks win 5th in row, dealing Knicks rare home loss, 109-94

January 08, 1992

NEW YORK -- Dominique Wilkins scored 24 points, as Atlanta beat New York, 109-94, last night, the Hawks' fifth consecutive victory and the Knicks' third home loss of the season.

Wilkins, scoring five under his average, led six Hawks with 13 or more points. Stacey Augmon scored 17, Kevin Willis 16, Paul Graham 15, Blair Rasmussen a season-high 14 and Duane Ferrell 13.

Patrick Ewing had 23 points and Xavier McDaniel 22 for the Knicks, 13-3 at Madison Square Garden after an 11-0 start.

Atlanta, leading by 14 at the half, had a 58-42 lead with 10 minutes, 41 seconds left in the third quarter before John Starks' three-pointer started a 17-6 burst that closed New York to 64-59 midway throughthe period.

Wilkins and Graham then scored eight points apiece during a 22-12 spurt that gave the Hawks an 86-71 advantage with 10:54 remaining, and the Knicks got no closer than 12 the rest of the way.

Ewing had all eight of the Knicks' points in the first four minutes of the game, then managed three the rest of the half as Atlanta opened a 52-38 lead at halftime.

The Hawks started the second quarter with an 18-8 run and took their largest first-half lead at 43-27.

New York shot 38.3 percent from the field in the first half.

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