NBA Game Summary - New York at Milwaukee
(Tuesday, March 10th)
Final Score: New York 120, Milwaukee 112
Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) - Larry Hughes poured in 39 points on 13-of-20 shooting and Nate Robinson went off for 32 points off the bench, as New York used an offensive outburst in the second half to down Milwaukee, 120-112.
David Lee chipped in with a proficient double-double -- 19 points, 18 rebounds -- and Al Harrington added 18 points and six boards. The Knicks lived at the charity stripe, making 37-of-42 attempts in snapping their six-game road losing streak.
"I thought the second half we finally got the intensity right and we played really good defense down the stretch," said Knicks head coach Mike D'Antoni.
Charlie Villanueva poured in 32 points with nine rebounds, Ramon Sessions added 22 points, nine assists and six rebounds and Richard Jefferson donated 16 points in defeat. Milwaukee entered the contest in a dead heat with the Bulls for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
The Bucks host the Hornets, Celtics, Magic and Blazers to round out their six- game homestand.
"We had a nine-point lead at halftime, but I didn't feel either team was real competitive," said Bucks head coach Scott Skiles. "We were sloppy on the break and with the ball. They turned it up in the third quarter. They got competitive and got up into us and deserved to win."
Milwaukee was extremely efficient on the offensive end in the opening half, taking a 65-56 lead into the locker room before the Knicks came out firing on the both ends of the floor in the third stanza.
A 11-0 blitz, all part of an 18-4 stretch to start the second half, handed the Knicks a 74-69 edge. Harrington and Hughes totaled all of the points capped by Hughes' layup with just under eight minutes on the clock.
Wilson Chandler's layup opened a 78-71 edge later in the stanza, but Villanueva's tip-in off a Luke Ridnour miss put an end to a 10-2 stretch that pushed the Bucks back in front, 81-80.
The Knicks held an 88-84 lead after 36 minutes of game action thanks to a 32-19 scoring edge in the third period. The offensive efficiency continued in the final 12 minutes of play.
The game went back-and-forth early in the period, and Francisco Elson's putback gave the Bucks a 99-98 lead with just over four minutes to go. The Knicks then went off for 22 points in that final four-plus minutes, along with making 7-of-8 free throws in the final 55 seconds to seal the victory.
The Knicks shot 47.4 percent from the floor, while the Bucks made 43 percent of their shots. However, Milwaukee only connected on 7-of-25 from beyond the arc...Milwaukee grabbed 11 offensive rebounds in defeat...Milwaukee had won the first three meetings this season.
03/10 23:37:17 ET