The Knicks snagged a road win in Milwaukee, 102-88, as they led by double figures for every second of the second half.
The Bucks came off an extraordinary 93-92 win after overcoming a 27 point third-quarter deficit in Chicago on Monday night. They couldn’t pull off another come-from-behind victory on Wednesday night. The Knicks came off an overtime loss in Brooklyn.
The Bucks’ lethal backcourt tandem of Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis torched the Knicks for 22 points in the first quarter. The backcourt arsonists shot 79 percent in leading the Bucks to a 24-23 first quarter lead. Carmelo Anthony scored 11 points for the Knicks and was the only other player for either team in double figures for the first frame.
The Knicks were down by as many as six points in the first quarter, but found scoring from Pablo Prigioni, Rasheed Wallace, and Steve Novak to go up by five points by the midpoint of the second quarter. They pushed their lead to 10 points with torrid shooting in the final three and a half minutes of the half. The visitors outscored the Bucks, 35-22 in the second quarter and 58-48 for the first half.
By the end of the first half, Anthony had bagged 20 points, Raymond Felton had ten, and Prigioni, Novak, and Tyson Chandler pitched in for eight points each. The Knicks were 19 for 37 for 51.4 percent field goal shooting. The Knicks were also seven for 11 for 63.6 percent three-point shooting.
Jennings and Ellis added only four points each to their total for 30 points in the first half. The Bucks shot 46 percent from the field and 40 percent on their three-point attempts. They also turned the ball over ten times to the Knicks eight turnovers.
The second half started with a three-pointer by Novak and a layup by Anthony to increase the Knicks lead to 15 points. The Knicks led in the third quarter by as many as 22 points prior to completing the period with an 18-point lead, 88-70.
The New Yorkers held a six-rebound advantage through three quarters of the game, and a 20-15 points after turnovers advantage. The Knicks were ten for 16 on three-pointers to the Bucks’ four for ten.
In the fourth quarter, the Knicks restored their 22-point lead on a three-pointer by Novak. The Wisconsin native playing on a court that he knew from his days at Marquette, Novak had a season-high 19 points in 40 minutes, the most playing time he has seen in any game this season. With 5:45 left in the game, the Bucks cut the Knicks’ lead to 16 points with a 19-foot jumper by Beno Udrih that prompted a Knicks timeout.
The Bucks were able to trim the Knicks’ lead to 12 points in the final quarter, but they didn’t have the firepower needed to turn the game around. Anthony led all scorers with 29 points in just 30 minutes of play. The other Knicks in double figures were Novak, with his 19 points, Chandler with 17, Prigioni with 11, and Felton with 12 points in a strong bounce-back game after a terrible game in Brooklyn on Monday night.
Jennings and Udrih each had 18 points for the Bucks, Ellis finished with 17, and Marquis Daniels was the other Bucks’ player in double figures with 11 points.
The Knicks improved to 5-4 on the road and 10-4 overall and remain tied with the Brooklyn Nets for first place in the Atlantic Division of the NBA.