NEW YORK, April 11 (UPI) -- Joe Johnson made six three-pointers Friday en route to a 34-point effort that boosted the Atlanta Hawks to a 116-104 victory over New York.
Atlanta maintained a two-game lead over Indiana for the final playoff position in the Eastern Conference. Both teams have three games remaining.
New York, which had a three-game winning streak snapped, was led by 20 points from Jamal Crawford.
Atlanta opened a 93-76 lead three minutes into the final period before the Knicks went on a 17-3 run.
Josh Childress then hit a layup for the Hawks, Smith converted two free throws and Johnson made a jumper to end the New York comeback bid and the Knicks came no closer than eight the rest of the way.