BUCKS 100 KNICKS 86 F | MADISON SQUARE GARDEN
How it happened:
At the 5:41 mark of the second quarter, Iman Shumpert delivered a perfect alley-oop to Landry Fields in transition and the Knicks took a 37-36 lead. Unfortunately, New York could not maintain the momentum while falling behind by a sizable margin in the third quarter. In the 100-86 loss on Friday night, Carmelo Anthony led the home squad with 35 points in 35 minutes of action.
The third period turned the tide in the Bucks direction as the road squad limited New York to just 16 points. Milwaukee’s point guard Brandon Jennings scored 11 of his game-high 36 points in the period and was spectacular behind the arc, hitting 6-of-12 from long distance.
“The mood is obviously not good after a loss. It has been that way. We have to trun it around but things are not going to turn around on their own. We have to make things happen, we have to turn around. Everything rolls over. If we want to be an elite team we have to do all the little things that good teams do.” -- Tyson Chandler
Anthony was the New York’s top scorer but Amar’e Stoudemire (15 points), and Tyson Chandler (11 rebounds) turned in solid performances despite the team not achieving the desired result in the win column.
Shumpert continued to create havoc on the defensive side of the floor with four steals on Friday night. Josh Harrellson jumped off the bench to score six points with both of his buckets from the three-point line.
The Knicks and Nuggets square off on Saturday night at the Garden as both squads will play their second of a back-to-back. Denver defeated the Wizards on Friday night 108-104 in Washington behind Al Harrington’s 29 points. The contest will mark the first time Anthony has faced his former team since the trade last season that sent him to New York.