They face another critical road game Saturday in Miami, where they hope to avenge a frustrating loss to the Heat at the buzzer Tuesday at Madison Square Garden.
"We're ready," Kurt Thomas said.
They weren't at the start of the second half Friday night, when the Knicks allowed the Hawks - playing without starters Al Harrington (back) and Josh Childress (flu) - to cut a 10-point halftime deficit to 81-78 at the end of the third quarter. A pair of free throws by Tom Gugliotta tied it at 86.
Coach Herb Williams said the Knicks' struggle to put away the depleted Hawks was not surprising. "I knew this was going to be a tough game in the beginning," he said, noting that the absence of two starters made the Hawks an unassuming opponent, especially with Shaquille O'Neal and the Heat awaiting the following night.