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               === Streaking Knicks host Bucks in MSG matinee ===
 (  -  Now is  the  time  for the  New  York  Knicks to  take
 advantage  of a favorable schedule and entering Madison Square Garden Saturday
 afternoon will be the NBA-worst Milwaukee Bucks.
 The  Knicks started  an advantageous schedule with a win at Philadelphia, then
 disposed  of Boston for their fifth consecutive victory. The Knicks still have
 Milwaukee,  Philadelphia, Cleveland,  the Los Angeles Lakers and Sacramento on
 the upcoming docket with Indiana mixed in between.
 In  Wednesday's 116-92  besting  of the  Celtics at  TD  Bank Garden,  Carmelo
 Anthony  poured  in 34 points on  11-of-25 shooting and grabbed nine rebounds.
 The  NBA's  second-leading scorer (28.1  ppg) is  averaging 31.5 points in his
 last 13 games and talked about putting away weaker teams.
 "Regardless  of who we play we're just taking it one game at a time. These are
 the  teams  that we have  to play,  it's on the  schedule, so we don't control
 that," Anthony said. "The only thing we can control is whether we win or not."
 Anthony  said the confidence and mindset is a lot different since losing seven
 straight  prior to this current winning streak that has the Knicks 3 1/2 games
 off  a playoff  spot. He  referred to  the  win in  Minnesota on  March 5  for
 sparking the run.
 Tim Hardaway, Jr. scored 22 points against the Celtics, while J.R. Smith added
 13  and Cole Aldrich  stepped up in Tyson Chandler's place to record 12 points
 and 10 rebounds. Chandler is questionable Saturday for personal reasons and is
 posting  an average of 12.3 points and 15.0 rebounds in his last 10 games with
 seven double-doubles in that time.
 The  Knicks  have won  two in a  row at  home and are  14-20 at Madison Square
 Garden. They will host the East-leading Indiana Pacers next Wednesday.
 New  York  is still waiting  word on whether Phil  Jackson will join the front
 office.  Published reports  indicate Jackson  is  going to  assume control  of
 basketball operations and a major press conference is scheduled for Tuesday.
 Milwaukee  will wrap up a three-game road trip (0-2) and has lost seven of its
 last  nine games. It has the worst record in the NBA at 13-52 and is currently
 battling Philadelphia and Orlando for a lottery pick.
 The  Bucks dropped  a 102-97 setback in Atlanta on Thursday, as Ersan Ilyasova
 and Brandon Knight scored 22 and 20 points, respectively. John Henson and Jeff
 Adrien  scored 12 points apiece for Milwaukee, which couldn't stop Kyle Korver
 and Jeff Teague late in the game.
 Korver  and  Teague combined  to score 20  of their 37  points in the decisive
 fourth quarter. Korver scored 12 of his 15 points in the last six-plus minutes
 of the contest.
 Bucks coach Larry Drew was asked about Korver's hot hand late in the fourth.
 "Yeah, yeah that's always a big fear when you play against a guy who can shoot
 the  ball  the way he can.  I thought we  did a really  good job on him in the
 first  half," said  Drew. "Second half we kind  of let him get away from us. A
 couple  of times  we weren't able to get  the rebound and they got the ball to
 him with his feet set."
 Milwaukee  had  scored 100  or more points  in its previous  six games and was
 averaging  105.5 ppg in that time. The Bucks are winless in four straight road
 games and have a 5-26 mark away from Brew City.
 After  visiting New  York, the  Bucks will  return home  to host  Charlotte on
 Sunday  before hitting  the road  again for  four in  a row  out west  against
 Portland, Golden State, Sacramento and the Los Angeles Clippers.
 The  Bucks are 1-2  against New York this season and halted a seven-game slide
 in  this series with  a 101-98 victory on Feb. 3 at the Bradley Center. Knight
 buried  a 3-pointer  with  2.3 seconds  left  for the  Bucks,  losers in  four
 straight trips to historic MSG.
 03/15 09:58:49 ET