NBA Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, April 3rd
(All times Eastern)
Milwaukee Bucks (36-38) at New York Knicks (48-26), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The New York Knicks will take their 10-game winning streak
into action on Friday night when they host the Milwaukee Bucks at Madison
The Knicks haven't lost since March 18 in Utah and they are 5 1/2 games ahead
of the Brooklyn Nets in the race for the Atlantic Division. New York is one-
half game ahead of the Indiana Pacers for the all-important second seed in the
The Knicks' winning streak reached 10 Wednesday night when they bested the
Atlanta Hawks 95-82 in Atlanta.
"This team is playing for something. We know every game counts," said head
coach Mike Woodson. "Atlanta's played well this year. They're fighting. We're
one of those teams trying to stay at the top."
Carmelo Anthony is playing at a preposterously high level of late. One night
after torching the Miami Heat for 50 points, Anthony went for 40 points
against the Hawks.
Is this the best he's ever played?
"I had games before where I felt pretty good, had a good rhythm," Anthony
said. "In a row like this, I can't recall that."
J.R. Smith chipped in 19 points off the bench and Raymond Felton added 14
The Bucks have yet to clinch a postseason berth, although they are six games
ahead of the Philadelphia 76ers. The reason they haven't clinched is because
they aren't playing great basketball.
Milwaukee has lost two of three and six of its last eight.
On Wednesday, the Bucks fell at home to the Minnesota Timberwolves, 107-98.
The Bucks finished with 20 turnovers on the night, which translated into 24
points for the Timberwolves. Milwaukee shot 43.8 percent from the field.
"Offensively I think we missed 10 layups in the first half alone, combined
with eight turnovers in the fourth quarter. It was a very sloppy game," Bucks
coach Jim Boylan said.
Ersan Ilyasova was spectacular on Wednesday with 29 points and 12 rebounds.
Larry Sanders also recorded a double-double with 11 points and 10 to go along
with two blocked shots.
Monta Ellis (18), Mike Dunleavy (15) and Brandon Jennings (11) all scored in
The Knicks have won four in a row against the Bucks, but the two teams have
split the last 12 matchups in Madison Square Garden.
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