NBA Game Summary - New York at Milwaukee|
(Wednesday, December 18th)
Final Score: New York 107, Milwaukee 101 (2-OT)
Milwaukee, WI (SportsNetwork.com) - Andrea Bargnani can breathe a sigh of
relief after the New York Knicks survived the Milwaukee Bucks, 107-101, in two
overtimes on Wednesday.
Bargnani made a head-scratching decision to shoot a 3-pointer with the Knicks
ahead by two and time winding down in the first overtime.
The Knicks' bench almost universally threw their hands in the air in disbelief
as the shot drew iron, and John Henson sent the game to an extra five minutes
with a tip-in at the other end.
Carmelo Anthony, though, made the error moot, scoring eight of his 29 points
in the second OT to send the Knicks to their third win in the past five games.
Beno Udrih and J.R. Smith contributed 21 and 19 points, respectively, for New
York, which welcomed Tyson Chandler back to the lineup for the first time
since Nov. 5.
"It's good to have Tyson back. He played 36 minutes. I was hoping to keep him
in the high 20s, but I just couldn't do it because of the overtimes," said
Knicks head coach Mike Woodson of Chandler, who finished with nine points and
The already-shorthanded Bucks, who were without O.J. Mayo for undisclosed
personal reasons, received just four points from their limited bench. Brandon
Knight played nearly 50 minutes and totaled 36 points and nine rebounds but
committed eight of Milwaukee's 22 turnovers.
Milwaukee is just 3-18 since splitting its first four games of the season.
"The margin of error is small with this team," Bucks head coach Larry Drew
said. "I thought from a mental standpoint we wore down."
Udrih connected on a go-ahead 3-pointer with 2:49 remaining in the first
overtime, and Chandler, who missed 20 games after suffering a small non-
displaced fracture in his leg, was instrumental in four consecutive empty
Bucks possessions to keep the Knicks on top, 94-92.
Chandler won a jump ball against Knight with 38.7 seconds to go, then grabbed
what should have been a game-sealing offensive rebound off an Anthony miss. As
he was falling out of bounds, the center kicked the ball back to an open
Bargnani, who could have dribbled away several seconds while waiting to be
fouled along the perimeter.
Instead, Bargnani fired up an ill-advised 3-point try and missed, and the
Bucks were gifted with another possession with 11.3 seconds on the clock.
"I don't know if (Bargnani) thought we were down...but obviously he had
something else going on in his mind at the time," Woodson said.
Chandler forced a tough up-and-under from Knight that fell off the rim, but
because Chandler switched his defensive responsibility, Henson was there for
the tip-in with just three-tenths of a second showing.
A Smith jumper early in the second overtime put the Knicks on top to stay, and
Anthony added two successful trips to the free throw line around a back-
breaking 3-pointer to send New York to a seventh straight win over the Bucks.
Milwaukee shot 2-for-8 from the field over the final five minutes.
New York led by as many as nine in the second quarter, but the Bucks ended the
half on an 11-3 run to pull within a point, 45-44.
A back-and-forth third ended with the Knicks clinging to a 68-66 edge. There
were a total 19 lead changes and 11 ties in the third and fourth quarters.
Both teams missed opportunities to break an 87-87 tie in the final minute of
regulation. After Udrih was too strong on a baseline runner, the Bucks were
short on a pair of potential game winners, as Henson and Khris Middleton
missed from the left wing -- the latter's coming just before the buzzer
Anthony shot 9-of-29 from the field ... The Bucks outscored the Knicks at the
free throw line, 25-14 ... Udrih made five of New York's 17 3-pointers ... The
Bucks have lost five in a row at home ... Henson finished with 20 points and
14 rebounds and Middleton added 20 and nine in the setback.
12/19 00:53:22 ET