Knicks: Amare Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony Can't Push New York Past the Bucks

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Knicks: Amare Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony Can't Push New York Past the Bucks
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Home court advantage or not, tonight’s 102-96 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks marks the third straight home loss for the New York Knicks.

With the loss, New York falls 35-37, two games below .500 and two games below the sixth-seed Philadelphia 76ers. Milwaukee improves to 32-41 and edges closer to the eight-seed Indiana Pacers who currently hold a two-game lead of the Bucks.

Knicks were led by a 28-point and nine-rebound effort from Amar’e Stoudemire and 25 points and eight rebounds from Carmelo Anthony. Shawne Williams added 16 points off the bench.

Bucks’ Brandon Jennings had a game-high 37 points. Andrew Bogut provided a Kevin Love-like 21 points and 17 rebounds to go along with four block and three assists. Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and John Salmons added 12 and 11 points, respectively.

While the Knicks shot poorly for 40 percent from the field (36-of-90), compared with the 50.6 percent (39-of-77), what killed the Knicks was their abysmal shooting from beyond the arc. The Knicks made an appalling 4-of-18 three-point attempts for 21.1 percent, only to be outdone by Bucks’ 50 percent on 9-of-18 shooting from beyond the arc.

Toney Douglas had a particularly bad shooting night, as he made six of his 17 field goal attempts and only two of his six three-point attempts, all in 35 minutes of game-time.

In 34 minutes of play, Chauncey Billups scored seven points on 3-of-11 shooting from the field and 1-of-5 from beyond the three-point line.

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Milwaukee took the Garden crowd out for the majority of the game, as the Bucks had never trailed throughout the game.

The Knicks finally got the crown involved with 10:45 to play in the fourth quarter, as Douglas' three-pointer cut the Bucks lead to 82-84.

Neither team was able to gain a lead more than four points, that was up until Jennings running jumper at the 4:13 mark, which gave the Bucks a 93-88 lead.

Another make by Jennings, this time a three-pointer, forced New York to call a timeout. But this was to no avail, as the Bucks controlled the game to the final score of 102-96.

New York will attempt to improve on its 7-11 record with Anthony as they travel to Charlotte to face the 29-42 Bobcats on Saturday, March 26.

For continuous coverage of the New York Knicks follow Artem Altman via Twitter.com/ArtemAltman.

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