KNICKS 102 BUCKS 88 | BRADLEY CENTER
How it happened:
Without Jason Kidd in the lineup, head coach Mike Woodson worked some magic to assure the Knicks would not suffer back-to-back losses. On Wednesday night, New York blasted past the Bucks in Milwaukee 102-88 and improved to 10-4 on the season.
Kidd’s lower back spasms forced him to stay in New York while the team traveled to the Midwest. Woodson used the same starting lineup that was featured in the game against Brooklyn on Monday night. However, the head man shook up his five by playing Pablo Prigioni in the second quarter and eventually pairing him with Raymond Felton in the backcourt. This move mirrored the same Felton/Kidd combo that helped the Knicks ball movement throughout the six-game winning streak to start the season. At one point in the second frame, Prigioni was at the point next to Ronnie Brewer, Chris Copeland, Steve Novak, and Rasheed Wallace. Woodson has been forced to use different lineups without the services of Amar’e Stoudemire and Iman Shumpert as well.
Only up four points, New York reeled off a 10-4 run over the last two minutes of the second quarter to take a 58-48 lead into the locker room at half. Anthony scored 20 of his game-high 29 points in the first half to pace the Knicks on the road.
While Anthony began to work the pick-and-roll with Tyson Chandler, New York continued to attack the heart of Milwaukee’s defense. The Knicks were solid on the defensive side of the floor in the second period. After Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis combined for 22 in the first quarter, the explosive tandem was held to just eight combined points in the second quarter. New York outscored Milwaukee 35-22 in that crucial time span before halftime.
Chandler added 17 points and eight boards and Felton posted 12 points and seven assists in the win.
Anthony put up the big numbers as expected tonight but Prigioni and Novak shifted the momentum towards the Knicks direction in the second quarter. Novak finished with 19 points, hit 5-of-7 treys in 39 minutes of action. Prigioni was all over the floor and registered 11 points and seven assists in 28 minutes.
Two important statistics to examine in tonight’s double digit victory for the Knicks. The team shot 52 percent from the 3-point line on 11-of-21 shooting. New York also limited the Bucks starting frontline to a combined two points.
The Knicks jumped on a plane after the contest in Milwaukee and headed back home to New York. With an off day on Thursday, the team will have a chance to rest and prepare for the visiting Wizards on Friday night at Madison Square Garden.