The Knicks jumped out to a 25-point first half lead by generating easy baskets. They relentlessly attacked the Bucks in the half court and in transition, bullying their way to a 26-6 advantage in points in the paint at the half. New York also created 16 first half turnovers, which led to 20 points. After halftime, Milwaukee limited the transition baskets, but the Knicks were still able to claw their way to 24 additional points in the paint. New York only scored 34 points total in the second half, highlighting how important it was to generate those easy looks.
The Knicks turned up the defense in the second quarter, forcing the Bucks into nine turnovers and converting those into 10 points. New York also made its way to the free throw line nine times in the second quarter -- another indication they were in attack mode.
Last year the Knicks relied on the three ball to win games, but against Milwaukee they made just three on 13 total attempts. Down the stretch their commitment to getting in the lane paid off big, as Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler sealed the game late with a flurry of put backs and dunks. It will be interesting to see if and when the Knicks start letting the threes fly again.
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