Milwaukee Bucks at New York Knicks: Live Score, Highlights and Analysis
It was a tale of two halves for the New York Knicks on Wednesday night, but they narrowly escaped a wild comeback from the Milwaukee Bucks, securing a win in their season opener, 90-83.
After holding Milwaukee to 31 first-half points, it appeared as if the Knicks were in control with a 25-point edge after 24 minutes of play.
However, the Knicks came out completely flat in the third quarter, and were outscored, 33-18, by the Bucks.
The Bucks were able to knot the game at 80 mid-way through the fourth quarter, but the Knicks had just a bit more offense down the stretch thanks to the contributions of Carmelo Anthony, who scored a game-high 19 points, and Tyson Chandler, who led all players with five blocks. Anthony added 10 rebounds to his tally to secure his first double-double of the season, as well.
For Milwaukee, free-agent signee Gary Neal led the way with 16 points and five assists off the bench in relief of starting point guard Brandon Knight, who was forced to leave the game early in the first quarter with a hamstring injury.
Caron Butler added 14 points and O.J. Mayo dropped in 13 in the loss.
The Knicks shot a steady 50.7 percent from the field, but were almost done in by 22 turnovers. Mike Woodson's squad was also uncharacteristically bad from three-point range, hitting on just 23.1 percent of their attempts.
Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks in the scoring column, but they don't win this game without Tyson Chandler, who held down the fort on both ends of the floor over the game's final five minutes.
Woodson: "We made all the defensive plays we needed to make. Tyson was huge coming down the stretch." #Knicks— NBA New York Knicks (@nyknicks) October 31, 2013
Final Box Scores, courtesy of NBA.com.
Knicks 90, Bucks 83 - Final
That'll do it. The Knicks win their season opener and improve to 1-0 while the Bucks fall after a valiant second-half effort.
Carmelo Anthony led all players with 19 points, and four of the Knicks' five starters finished in double-figures, with the lone exception being Pablo Prigioni, who racked up seven points and five assists in the win.
3 Reasons New York Won
• First-half Defense: The Knicks forced the Bucks into 16 first-half turnovers and held Milwaukee to 31 first-half points. New York, however, did end the game with 22 turnovers, which would have been a season-high in 2012-13.
• Tyson Chandler: The Knicks' center was the man of the hour, posting a plus-18 in the plus/minus while racking up 10 points, six boards and five blocks. His play down the stretch sealed the win for NYK. He also hit a mid-range jumper, which could be a dangerous new wrinkle to his offensive game.
• Points in the Paint: The Knicks totaled 50 points in the paint compared to just 28 for the Bucks. They also outscored the Bucks, 24-10, on the break.
Knicks 90, Bucks 83 - 35 seconds remaining in 4th quarter
WOAH, Tyson Chandler. A Massive oop from Raymond Felton followed by a swat on the other end of the floor.
That's a 10-2 run for the Knicks over the last two minutes.
If this is 2013-14 Tyson Chandler then the Knicks will be pretty good.— Noam Schiller (@noamschiller) October 31, 2013
Knicks 86, Bucks 81 - 1:14 remaining in 4th quarter
Two gritty buckets on back-to-back possessions by Carmelo Anthony give the Knicks a five-point lead. He leads all scorers with 19 points on 7-of-16 shooting.
Bully ball for Melo. First, the tip-in board & then a strong power move in the paint over Butler. #Knicks lead MIL 86-81 1:14 4Q.— NBA New York Knicks (@nyknicks) October 31, 2013
He had missed his first seven shots of the quarter prior to converting on those two shots.
Knicks 82, Bucks 81 - 2:35 remaining in 4th quarter
Tyson Chandler with the ferocious putback slam, and we've got a seesaw in full effect at the Garden.
A vicious Chandler throw-down off a Prigioni steal puts the Knicks back up, 82-81 with 2:35 left to go. Anyone who saw this coming, LEAVE.— Dime Update (@DimeUpdate) October 31, 2013
Bucks 81, Knicks 80 - 3:13 remaining in 4th quarter
Milwaukee's got the lead thanks to a John Henson free-throw.
You have to wonder where the Knicks offense has gone in the second half. They haven't looked like their 2012-13 selves, bombarding the Bucks with threes. In fact, they've only attempted 12 so far and have hit on just three of them.
Truly amazing. The Bucks were down 25 points at halftime and have since outscored the Knicks, 46-24. Credit Caron Butler and the Bucks bench.
O.J. Mayo also stepping up, and has hit on 5-of-11 of his field-goal attempts. He's got 11 points.
After Butler hit a 3-ptr, he was called for an offensive foul. #Knicks & Bucks locked up 80-80 at the 4:14 mark of the 4Q. Felton w/ 16 pts.— NBA New York Knicks (@nyknicks) October 31, 2013
Bucks 80, Knicks 80 - 4:30 remaining in 4th quarter
We. Are. Tied! Caron BUTL3R.
Speaking of those turnovers...
Knicks have 20 turnovers in their season-opener thus far. Ties their season-high from 2012-13.— Chris Herring (@HerringWSJ) October 31, 2013
Knicks 76, Bucks 73 - 6:39 remaining in 4th quarter
Want to know just how sloppy the Knicks have been and how good the Bucks have been with the ball in the second half?
The Knicks have 20 turnovers, and there's 6:32 left in the fourth. Jeeeeeeeeez.— Dan Devine (@YourManDevine) October 31, 2013
At halftime, the Bucks had 16 turnovers. They've committed just two since then. The Knicks had seven giveaways and sit at 20. Yikes.
Knicks 76, Bucks 73 - 8:00 remaining in 4th quarter
Great stat from Mike Breen on the Knicks' broadcast: Since Larry Sanders went to the bench with his fifth foul, the Bucks have outscored the Knicks by 19.
The Knicks have nine turnovers and seven field goals in the second half. That sounds bad.— Dan Devine (@YourManDevine) October 31, 2013
The Bucks have outscored the Knicks, 40-18, in the second half thus far.
John Henson lefty hook forces a Knicks timeout as the New York lead has been cut from 25 to just 3. #MILvNYK— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) October 31, 2013
Knicks 74, Bucks 71 - 9:32 remaining in 4th quarter
John Henson Alert!
A lefty hook from the rangy big drops and the Knicks lead is down to three. Only one Milwaukee starter (Caron Butler) is in double-figures, but the Bucks' bench has come to play here in the second half.
Ilyasova's got 10, Pachulia has 11 and Gary Neal is leading the way with 14.
We've got ourselves a ball game, folks.
Knicks 74, Bucks 69 - 10:11 remaining in 4th quarter
And the lead is down to five. What on earth is happening to the Knicks. No offensive creativity, defense looking totally lethargic.
Gary Neal for threeeeeeeee! The Knicks lead is 5. #MILvNYK— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) October 31, 2013
Oh, also, it's been a while since we've been able to say this: GARY N3AL.
Injury Update: Ray Felton is back in for the Knicks. Breathe a sigh of relief, Knicks fans.
Felton indeed comes back on with Knicks up 8 early in the fourth.— Brian Mahoney (@briancmahoney) October 31, 2013
Raymond felton hits Carmelo Anthony for a fast break slam off of the steal.
Knicks 74, Bucks 64, End of third quarter
So much for the Bucks not cracking 75 tonight. Milwaukee outscored the Knicks 33-18 in the third stanza and are now within 10.
Carmelo Anthony has 15 points on 5-of-8 shooting while Raymond Felton leads all scorers with 16. It remains to be seen if he will return tonight after tweaking his hammy.
Injury Update: According to the Knicks' broadcast, Raymond Felton has a strained left hamstring and IS available to return tonight.
Whether he does or not, remains to be seen.
Here's a statistical comparison from the Knicks' broadcast of the two starting small forwards tonight.
Knicks 67, Bucks 56 - 2:31 remaining in 3rd quarter
Now would be an opportune time for Carmelo Anthony to start heating up. He's only registered three points so far in the third quarter, and is up to 15 on the night.
Bucks on a run & have cut the #Knicks lead to 67-56 w/ 2:18 left in the 3Q. Melo w/ 15 pts & 5 rebs.— NBA New York Knicks (@nyknicks) October 31, 2013
A quick run at the end of the quarter could really dash Milwaukee's hopes, but give the Bucks credit, for they're standing tall for the time being.
Knicks 65, Bucks 48 - 4:43 remaining in 3rd quarter:
Bucks chipping away slowly but steadily. Meanwhile, Andrea Bargnani just traveled for the second time tonight.
The Bucks have outscored the Knicks 19-9 to this point in the third.
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