Five Takeaways: Knicks Outlast Bucks In Chandler's Return

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2. Living and Dying by Three


The Knicks let the three balls fly against the Bucks. They shot 41 of their 101 attempts from deep, converting 17 of them (41.5%). J.R. Smith launched 17 of them himself -- Milwaukee shot 22 as a team. Fortunately for New York, Smith made them when it counted most at the end of regulation and in the first overtime. Anthony and Udrih combined to pour in nine of 14 3-pointers, none bigger than the pair they hit in double overtime. 
The long ball almost cost the Knicks the win however, when Andrea Bargnani threw one up instead of waiting to get fouled with 12 seconds left in the first extra session. Bargnani immediately acknowledged his mistake, and his teammates did a good job of supporting him. Then they rallied together to pull out the win. Perhaps this will bring the team closer together.