By Charlie Widdoes (Twitter)
KNICKS 107, BUCKS 101 | BMO HARRIS BRADLEY CENTER
How it happened:
It was a rollercoaster night, but by the end of the second overtime, the Knicks found a way to outlast the scrappy, young Bucks.
New York made good in a tough road contest, needing all of Tyson Chandler's nine points, nine rebounds and three blocks in the All-Star center's return to the lineup. Carmelo Anthony, who finished the night with 29 points, scored the final eight points to seal the win.
Melo, whose 55 minutes played were a season high, needed plenty of help, and his teammates off the bench provided it throughout the game. Metta World Peace (8 points, 4 rebounds, 3 steals) and Tim Hardaway Jr. (8 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists) led the charge when they got the call, providing energy and defensive intensity to slow Brandon Knight (who had a career high 36 points) and create easy scoring opportunities for Melo and Andrea Bargnani.
With Pablo Prigioni out, Beno Udrih started and delivered a handful of big buckets, including five 3-pointers, and five assists. His backup on the night, rookie Toure' Murry, looked solid in his first meaningful NBA minutes, but was slowed first by foul trouble and then by a tweaked ankle in the second half.
Knick of the Night:
While Melo made the big shots down the stretch, Chandler carried the day in his return. His defensive presence was invaluable in 37 minutes on the court. With Kenyon Martin and Amar'e Stoudemire out, it's tough to imagine the Knicks pulling this one out without Tyson's contributions.
The Knicks have a few days to rest up as they return home before facing the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday afternoon at Madison Square Garden.