By Charlie Widdoes (Twitter)
KNICKS 90, BUCKS 83 | Madison Square Garden
How it happened:
Fueled by a raucous Garden crowd, the Knicks came out with outstanding energy right from the opening tip. They blitzed the Bucks in the first half of the season opener, moving the ball and attacking constantly, finishing the first half with a 25-point lead and a 26-6 advantage in points in the paint.
But Milwaukee would make the home team work for the win, clawing back to eventually take a one-point lead in the 4th quarter before the Knicks pulled away in the final minute.
Despite the fact that Coach Mike Woodson opted to go with the same starting lineup he used to finish last season, his team used a different formula to earn win No. 1 tonight. After setting NBA records for both three-point makes and attempts last year, they took only 13 and made only three in this one. Instead, they locked down on defense, holding the Bucks to 83 points and hit the glass to win the rebounding battle, 34-31.
Knick of the Night:
Tyson Chandler set the tone for the Knicks from start to finish tonight. He finished with 10 points on a typically efficient 5-for-7 shooting, but more importantly, he anchored the defense with five blocks.
There's no time for rest, as the Knicks fly out to Chicago this evening to battle Derrick Rose and the Bulls tomorrow night.