After a halftime ceremony commemorating the 40th anniversary of the 1973 Knicks team that took home the franchise’s most recent title, the 2013 squad came out as motivated as they had been all season.
The Knicks actually trailed Milwaukee by nine entering the third quarter, but Carmelo Anthony started the scoring in the half with a mid-range jumper just 15 seconds in and the Knicks never looked back.
Anthony’s early bucket was the first of seven made field goals in the quarter on just nine shot attempts. J.R. Smith and Raymond Felton each added 4-of-5 shooting—all of Smith’s attempts coming from beyond the arc—to go along with a Jason Kidd three to round out the scoring.
As a team, the Knicks shot a ridiculous 16-of-23 (70%) from the field, including 8-of-13 (62%) from beyond the arc. This translated to a 42-point third quarter for the Knicks, securing the victory and sending nostalgic Knicks fans home satisfied.