The New York Knicks defeated the Milwaukee Bucks 107-101 at BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee. The Knicks improved to 8-17, and the Bucks fell to 5-20.
Milwaukee closed a four-point gap with 1:23 remaining to force overtime against the Knicks. Before overtime began, the Bucks had a chance to win the game, but potential game-winners by John Henson and Khris Middleton failed to go down.
In the first overtime, the Knicks hit two three-pointers after a Brandon Knight jumper to lead 94-92 with 2:49 to go. Both teams committed turnovers down the stretch, and Tyson Chandler came up big in his return by recovering a jump ball with 38 seconds left. Chandler then kept the possession alive through an offensive rebound that he immediately passed to Andrea Bargnani. Bargnani decided to shoot the ball instead of dribbling out the clock, and the Bucks got the ball back after Bargnani missed with 11 seconds to go. After a Bucks timeout, John Henson tipped in a two-pointer to tie the game at 94.
In the second overtime, Carmelo Anthony gave the Knicks a comfortable 104-98 lead after hitting a three-pointer with 50 seconds to go. Henson hit one of two free throws in the next possession to make it a five-point game. The Bucks started the fouling game with 26 seconds to go, and Melo hit both free throws to bring the Knicks’ lead to 106-99. The Knicks would outlast the fouling strategy, and win 107-101.
Game notes: Bucks point guard Brandon Knight scored a career-high 36 points. Tyson Chandler player his first game for the Knicks since November 5th, and scored nine points along with nine rebounds and three blocks. Carmelo Anthony finished with 29 points, nine rebounds, and four assists.
Next game: The Knicks take on the Grizzlies at 12 pm ET on Saturday. The Bucks travel to Cleveland to take on the Cavs at 7:30 pm ET on Friday.