KNICKS 101 BUCKS 83 | MADISON SQUARE GARDEN
How it happened:
The Knicks stumbled out to a 36-point half against the Bucks on Friday night. Then, New York exploded, scoring 42 points in the third quarter and immediately reversing the momentum at Madison Square Garden.
Carmelo Anthony scored 29 of his game-high 41 points in the second half and J.R. Smith added 30 to help propel the Knicks to a 101-83 win.
On a night when the 1972-73 championship team was honored, the current Knicks squad paid tribute with an offensive onslaught to extend their league-high winning streak to 11 straight games.
Willis Reed, Earl “The Pearl” Monroe, Walt “Clyde” Frazier, Phil Jackson, Bill Bradley, and the other members of the memorable 73’ team witnessed the impressive run that featured eight 3-pointers after only connecting on one long bomb in the first half.
Anthony and Smith caught fire as part of New York’s devastating third quarter. Both players combined for 30 points while the Knicks clamped down on the defensive side of the floor and outplayed Milwaukee on the offensive end. New York outscored the road team 42-21 in the third period and overcame a nine-point halftime deficit.
Brandon Jennings, J.J. Redick, and Monta Ellis were the only Bucks to register double figures in the defeat.
Anthony capped off the spectacular performance with a shot from downtown late in the fourth quarter as the crowd rose to their feet chanting “MVP”. The Knicks All-Star is unconscious during his last three games – posting a combined 131 points against Miami, Atlanta, and Milwaukee.
New York played shorthanded tonight, especially in the frontcourt. Kenyon Martin did not dress due to a sore knee and Marcus Camby was sidelined with plantar fasciitis.
Tyson Chandler continues to fight through neck pain and finished with 10 boards. Raymond Felton added nine points and four assists in the victory.
The Knicks improved to 49-26 on the season and 28-10 at the Garden this year.
“Right now I am in one of those zones. As a team we are in a real good place, a real positive place. The energy is good on and off the court. Our confidence is growing each day. The best thing is we get to focus on the game we are in.” -- Carmelo Anthony
Knick of the Night:
Anthony set the tone in the third quarter with a quick 13 points in just eight minutes. Once he found his grove, Smith began to light up the Bucks from deep range. Anthony scored 41 points on 17-of-28 shooting from the floor and he also attacked the glass as the team’s leading rebounder with 14 rebounds.
Despite missing Martin and Camby, the Knicks outrebounded the Bucks 50-40. Anthony, Smith, and Kidd combined for 31of those rebounds.
The Knicks will have the day off on Saturday but they will pack their bags for a highly anticipated matchup against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday afternoon.