A Saturday morning game was weird, but the outcome wasn’t. Carmelo Anthony and the streaking Knicks carried a big early lead through the game and climbed closer to a playoff spot with a 94-115 victory over your Milwaukee Bucks.
Carmelo Anthony led the way with 23 points (on just 16 shots! Phil Jackson is incredible!), 7 rebounds and 2 emphatic blocks. Tim Hardaway Jr. also poured in 20 points off the bench. A quick seven points from him in the 2nd quarter helped break the game open for the Knicks.
J.R. Smith added 15pts/8rebs and Amare Stoudemire seemed to overwhelm the Bucks en route to 15pts/6rebs.
As you would expect, the resistance from both Saturday morning defenses was lacking. That led to a number of highlight plays for both teams. J.R. Smith threw an oop, then got his own dunk of the put back variety. Hardaway Jr. cought a big oop from Shumpert, too.
The Bucks had their own highlights, too. Giannis Antetokounmpo/Jeff Adrien had a put back dunk, then Giannis/Adrien caught an oop. Also, John Henson had a nice dunk.
Despite the highlight plays, Nate Wolters is probably the only Buck satisfied with his performance. His 15 points (5-7, 2-2 from three) led the Bucks. Adrien nearly double-doubled with 10pts/7rebs.
- Chris Wright got some burn in his first Bucks game. He scored 3 points, all from the free throw line.
- The Bucks won the turnover battle (10-11), had more assists (17-14) and only narrowly trailed in rebounding (44-48), yet never came close to the Knicks. Their inability to hit shots is probably the culprit…They connected on 43.2% of their shots while the Knicks hit on 55.3% of theirs.
- The Bucks shot a much better percentage from long range (40%) than they did against Atlanta, but they still only made four threes.
- There really aren’t many notes…nobody played well.
- Yeah…like nobody…