The last time the Milwaukee Bucks and the New York Knicks (27-40) met, Brandon Knight hit a heartbreaking three-point shot near the end of regulation to steal the game away from the Knicks. Yesterday, however, was a completely different story. Fresh off a victory over the Boston Celtics to extend their winning streak to five, the Knicks hosted the Bucks to a matinee affair that ended with another double-digit win.
The Knicks took a commanding 60-42 lead into halftime and never looked back. They won the game by a score of 115-to-94 and they’re now in reaching distance for the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference playoff race. It’s only a matter of time before they’re breathing down the necks of the Atlanta Hawks for that spot.
So make that six straight wins, all by double digits.
Let’s keep this party going.
WHAT WENT RIGHT:
- A lot of things.
- Almost everyone who played scored, sans Pablo Prigioni. From those who did score, Carmelo Anthony did his usual thing dropping 23 points on 8-of-16 shooting. Tim Hardaway Jr. joined in on the party by scoring 20 points with two three-pointers. Amar’e Stoudemire returned from a rest day to score 15 points and J.R. Smith also chimed in with 15 points.
- Hello, Iman Shumpert! SHUMP finally showed up in the offensive department by dropping 14 points, his first double-digit scoring output since February 9 against the Oklahoma City Thunder. He chipped in with one steal and four rebounds.
- Speaking of rebounds, the team’s leading rebounder? Not Tyson Chandler, rather it was J.R. Smith. Weird, right?
- Garbage time galore! Cole Aldrich scored four points in six minutes of play, while Tour’e Murry, Shannon Brown, and Earl Clark all scored three points, two points, and two points respectively.
WHAT WENT WRONG:
- Not much, because I mean, the Bucks are a very, very, very bad basketball team.
- Tyson was only able to snatch down five rebounds, ending his double-digit rebounding streak at 11 games.
- Carmelo Anthony has made all of his free throw attempts in the past four games. He’s currently 20-for-20 from the line with his last miss dating back to the Jazz game on March 7.
- Apparently, on-air Clyde made a comment saying that he judged a Miss Universe pageant years ago. I’ve tried Googling it, but I haven’t been able to find anything about it. If this is true, more props to Clyde.
- The Knicks are back on the court to face off against their playoff nemesis, the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday, March 19. Tip-off is at 8:00 p.m.