Bucks snap 6-game skid, beat Knicks 101-98
- Article by: GENARO C. ARMAS
- Associated Press
- February 3, 2014 - 10:45 PM
MILWAUKEE — Brandon Knight made a 3-pointer with 1.4 seconds left and finished with 25 points, and the Milwaukee Bucks snapped a six-game losing streak with a 101-98 victory Monday night over the New York Knicks.
Knight took a couple dribbles, then quickly fired his 3 from the wing with Raymond Felton leaping into the air. Felton turned in disbelief as Knight rushed down the other end to celebrate.
The Knicks had one last chance, though Carmelo Anthony misfired on a deep 3. He finished with 36 points.
New York rallied from a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter, but ended up falling to the worst team in the NBA.
Khris Middleton added 19 points and a season-high five 3s for Milwaukee, which also snapped a seven-game skid to New York.
Rookie Giannis Antetokounmpo had 15 points and sparked the crowd with a rousing dunk in the fourth quarter, while Zaza Pachulia also gave the Bucks a lift off the bench with 12 points and seven rebounds.
New York was usually never more than a few possessions away and the last few minutes got even tighter.
Anthony hesitated before firing up a 3 with 19 seconds left to tie the game at 98 before Knight's last-second heroics.
Unlike most of the rest of the season, the Bucks had a counterpunch for every Knicks spurt.
Knight's back-door layup off a pretty feed by Pachulia with 27.5 seconds left gave Milwaukee a three-point lead to answer Raymond Felton's 3 on the previous possession.
Middleton hit a 3 with 2:44 left that was answered on the next possession by Anthony's own 3 about 17 seconds for another tie.
Anthony finished 13 of 25 from the field and 5 of 10 from 3-point range, while Tyson Chandler had seven points and 10 rebounds but was just 1 of 6 from the foul line.
Knight nearly matched Anthony shot for shot, going 10 of 23 from the field and 4 of 8 from long range. Middleton was 6 of 9 and 5 of 6 from the arc.
New York led by seven early and had plenty of chances to gain control but went through inopportune dry spells and went just 15 of 24 from the foul line.
The Knicks lost to the Bucks two days after falling to the Southeast Division-leading Miami Heat.
In the first half, Milwaukee went 10 of 15 from the field, including 5 of 5 from 3-point range, in the final 8:42 of the second quarter to go from down seven points to up by seven at halftime.
Knight and Middleton hit open 3s on back-to-back possessions during a 28-14 spurt to close the half, and the Bucks got a lift when Anthony went to the bench with 3:38 left with his third foul.
Notes: Iman Shumpert returned to the Knicks' starting lineup after missing two games with a sprained right foot. He finished with five in 24 minutes. Forward Kenyon Martin sat out again with a nagging left ankle injury. ... Bucks guard O.J. Mayo missed a fifth straight game due to illness, but did return to the bench in street clothes. "He's getting close," coach Larry Drew said. "He's been out for a while. We're going to have to get him in shape all over again." ... Drew said forward John Henson (sprained right wrist) was close to returning. He's missed three straight games.
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