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                           === Knicks rout Bucks ===
 
 New  York, NY  (SportsNetwork.com) - Phil Jackson has to like what he's seeing
 from the New York Knicks recently.
 
 Three  days  before Jackson  is  expected  to  be  named the  franchise's  new
 president,  Carmelo  Anthony and the  Knicks took  care of the lowly Milwaukee
 Bucks, 115-94, in a Saturday matinee at Madison Square Garden.
 
 Anthony  scored 23 points in three quarters for the Knicks, who announced they
 will hold a press conference on Tuesday regarding a "major announcement."
 
 Jackson  will be  tasked with turning around  a New York team that has rattled
 off  a season-high six straight wins but is still on the outside looking in at
 the postseason.
 
 "Our  backs are  against the  wall. We're  trying to  get into  the playoffs,"
 Knicks head coach Mike Woodson said. "This year has been a roller coaster ride
 for our ball club but we still can come out of this thing by trying to get the
 eighth spot. The only way we can do that is by continuing to win."
 
 Tim  Hardaway  Jr. netted 20 points  off the bench, Amar'e Stoudemire and J.R.
 Smith each went for 15 and Iman Shumpert had 14 in the rout.
 
 Nate  Wolters  paced the Bucks with  15 points, while Brandon Knight and Ramon
 Sessions chipped in 14 apiece in the club's sixth loss in seven games.
 
 The  Knicks jumped out to a comfortable 60-42 lead at the break after shooting
 56.4  from  the field and a  perfect 11-of-11 from  the foul line in the first
 half.
 
 "They  shot the  ball  extremely well,"  Bucks coach  Larry  Drew said.  "When
 they're making shots like that they're tough to defend."
 
 Anthony  led the  way with 10 points  in the first quarter, Hardaway netted 11
 in the second and New York converted six Milwaukee turnovers into 13 points en
 route to the healthy halftime cushion.
 
 Anthony  and Stoudemire  each  went for  nine  points in  the  third, and  the
 difference  did not dip below 20 until both benches had already emptied midway
 through the fourth quarter.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Milwaukee  has dropped  five straight  on the  road and  fell to  5-27 as  the
 visitor  ... New  York won the season  series 3-1 ... The Knicks have won five
 straight meetings at MSG.
 
 03/15 18:26:18 ET

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