The New York Knicks were 0-7 in matinee games, but they routed the league-worst Milwaukee Bucks 115-94 on Saturday afternoon for their sixth win in a row.
Carmelo Anthony led all scorers with 23 points and rested for the entire fourth quarter. Tim Hardaway Jr. added 20 points off the bench, and Iman Shumpert turned in 14 points in the laugher. J.R. Smith and Amar'e Stoudemire each started and combined for 30 points and 14 rebounds.
Nate Wolters got a team-high 15 points for the lackluster Bucks. Brandon Knight's 14 points were matched by Ramon Sessions off the bench.
A 12-2 second-quarter run put the Knicks up by 18 points, and they took a 60-42 lead into halftime. Milwaukee never threatened in the second half.
The Knicks are knocking on the door at just three games out of the eighth seed with the Atlanta Hawks set to play later on Saturday. New York has plenty of time to rest up and devise a plan for beating the Indiana Pacers at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night.
The Bucks fall to 13-53, a stunning 40 games below .500. They play a rare double-matinee back-to-back and host the Charlotte Bobcats for a 1 p.m. ET start on Sunday.