By Charlie Widdoes (Twitter)
BUCKS 105, Knicks 95 | RESCH CENTER (GREEN BAY, WI)
How it happened:
The Knicks came back from an 18-point deficit to tie the game at 87 halfway through the fourth quarter, but that was the closest they'd get. There would be no overtime on this night, as the Bucks pulled out a 105-95 win in front of their fans in Green Bay.
A slow start doomed the visitors, who allowed 32 points in the first quarter and had to play catch up the rest of the night. They allowed the Bucks to shoot 52 percent from the field and a whopping 63 percent (10-of-16) from three -- not the performance Coach Mike Woodson and his staff hoped for with most of the regulars playing most of the game.
Quote of the night:
"Offense will come. Not worried about that; we have enough guys that can score the ball." -- Knicks asst. coach Darrell Walker
What we learned:
The Knicks showed intensity during a second-half comeback, which has to be encouraging to see in a preseason game. Caron Butler, O.J. Mayo and Luke Ridnour combined for 54 points, which won't happen all the time, but playing team defense is a priority for New York this season, and they'll only have one more chance to tighten that up before the games start to count.
Iman Shumpert played well as he makes his case to start at shooting guard, dropping 11 points on 4-of-6 shooting (2-for-4 from three), with seven rebounds and three steals.
Knick of the Night:
Carmelo Anthony had an off shooting night (8-for-23), but he still managed to produce 22 points, nine rebounds and seven assists in the loss.
Friday night's preseason finale should be an exciting night for the Knicks and their fans. Not only will it be the grand re-opening of the newly transformed Madison Square Garden, but it could feature the season debut of both J.R. Smith and Amar'e Stoudemire.
We could see a few roster cuts between now and then, so stay tuned to KnicksNow.com for all of that news.