If there was ever any doubt that Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith would bury the Bucks with their outside shooting tonight, Jason Kidd quickly laid it to rest.
Kidd capped a 42-point third quarter by the Knicks with a 59-foot bomb, the signature shot of a 101-83 loss.
The Knicks made 8-of-13 three-pointers in the quarter, including four by Smith. Brandon Jennings also scored 15 points in the period, but once his outburst quieted down midway through the third, the Knicks seized control with a 22-2 run.
Carmelo Anthony scored 41 points in the game. He has now scored 40 points or more in three consecutive games. He didn’t have the greatest start — and it was aided by numerous soft calls against Marquis Daniels — but he finished strong with 29 points in the second half.
Milwaukee pulled within six points in the fourth quarter, but their jump shots fell apart from there. Monta Ellis didn’t have much of a game (11 points), and he didn’t have many chances to drive in the second half. Without that scoring threat, the Bucks’ offense was all shots from the top of the key… and beyond. They have no low post threat, no slashers apart from Monta — it’s all based around the perimeter. And the Knicks did that whole thing much better than the Bucks on the night.
Here is the Bucks’ shot chart on the night. Look at the locations and try not to laugh too heartily. (Keep in mind that the blue dot isn’t even one of their makes. It’s Kidd’s.)
The Bucks started slowly in the first half, and the Knicks were kind enough to wait around for them. After a monstrous alley-oop in the game’s first moments, Tyson Chandler repeated bobbled passes in open space and gagged on easy layups. Anthony airballed (by a fair margin, too) the most open three-pointer he’ll see this season.
The Bucks didn’t do much to counter until Monta Ellis worked his way to a few free throws, Ersan Ilyasova turned a few touches into 7 late first-quarter points, and J.J. Redick found his stroke from long distance (with four three-pointers) to help the Bucks to a 45-36 halftime lead.
New York hit just one of their 12 three-point attempts in the first half.
The Knicks’ 1973 team reconvened to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the last time New York won the NBA Championship. Bill Bradley, Earl Monroe, and Phil Jackson were among the former Knicks in attendance.