NEW YORK (AP) -- New York Knicks coach Larry Brown thanked all
the people who have helped him reach an exclusive club.
Brown became the fourth coach in league history to win 1,000
games as the Knicks beat the Atlanta Hawks 105-94 on Friday night
for their sixth straight victory.
"It's a great feeling," Brown said. "When you look at this
league, to be in it this long, you feel lucky."
Brown, who is 1,000-762 in 23 seasons as an NBA coach, joined
Lenny Wilkens, Don Nelson and Pat Riley as the only coaches to
reach 1,000 victories. All four coached the Knicks at some point in
"I've been blessed with the players I've had the privilege to
coach as well as with coaches that have taught me," Brown said.
"I know every time something good happens to me, those people are
happier than I am."
Brown achieved his milestone win in front of his brother Herb,
who is an assistant coach for the Hawks. The two exchanged a long
hug after the game.
The Knicks have won six straight for the first time since a
seven-game winning streak from Dec. 22, 2000-Jan. 7, 2001.
"We're just now getting a taste of what it feels like to win,"
said Jamal Crawford, who led New York (13-21) with 23 points.
Crawford was amazed by his coach's latest achievement.
"That's unbelievable," Crawford said. "That's a testament to
how good he is. He's won at every level he's ever been at."
Stephon Marbury continued his strong play with 19 points and
nine assists. He has averaged 23.3 points and 9.3 assists during
the winning streak.
"He's gotten better each game," Larry Brown said. "Of all the
games that he's played this year, this is by far the best."
Nate Robinson added 17 points, including 11 in the first half.
Atlanta coach Mike Woodson, who was an assistant under Larry
Brown in Detroit, was happy for his mentor.
"It's great for Larry," Woodson said. "He's one of the best
in the business and he gets his team ready to play."
Harrington had tied the game at 84 midway through the fourth
quarter before New York went on a 16-4 run to take command. Eddy
Curry, who finished with 15 points, had two dunks during the run
and Crawford also added four points.
"We just didn't finish down the stretch," said Josh Childress,
who had 16 points on 8-for-9 shooting for Atlanta. "We didn't come
up with the key stops."
New York led by as many as 12 in the first half before settling
for a 50-47 halftime lead. Marbury scored 12 points in the first
half and New York shot 57 percent from the field (21-for-37).
"We came out a little tired and they zoned us, which was a
shock to the system," Marbury said of the first half.
New York led 39-30 in the second quarter, but Atlanta went on a
13-3 run highlighted by Josh Smith's two-handed slam to take its
first lead since early in the first quarter. New York responded
with six points by Crawford over the final 2:34 of the second
New York Rangers great Mark Messier, who had his No. 11
raised to the rafters on Thursday night, was sitting courtside and
received a standing ovation from the crowd when he was introduced
in the second quarter. ... The Hawks have lost 11 of 12 in New
York. ... Riley coached New York from 1991-95 and was 223-105,
Nelson coached in 1995-96 and was 34-25, and Wilkens went 40-41