Milwaukee Bucks vs. New York Knicks: Postgame Grades and Analysis for New York

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Milwaukee Bucks vs. New York Knicks: Postgame Grades and Analysis for New York
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With efficient offense and some late stifling defense, the New York Knicks turned a six-point halftime deficit into a 96-86 win over the Milwaukee Bucks.

The visiting Bucks were in control for the entire first half, before a late third-quarter surge propelled the Knicks in front for good. New York finished their opponent off by holding Milwaukee to just 13 points in the final frame.

Carmelo Anthony led the way with 25 points, eight rebounds and six assists. It wasn't his most efficient outing, but he did get the job done when it counted. 

New York was aided by 17 points a piece from reserves Amar'e Stoudemire and J.R. Smith. Tyson Chandler also erupted for 20 rebounds, including eight on the offensive glass. 

Ersan Ilyasova was a handful all night, hitting shots from all over the court. He finished with 19 points, while Monta Ellis chipped in 16. 

With the Miami Heat falling to the Indiana Pacers, the Knicks pick up a game in the Eastern Conference standings and now sit just a half-game behind the first-place Heat. Milwaukee's loss costs them a game in the standings as well, with the Boston Celtics winning over the Orlando Magic, the Buck's lead for the No. 7 slot is just 1.5 games.

Let's hit the Bleacher Report classroom and see how the Knicks graded out in tonight's comeback win.

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