NBA Game Summary - Milwaukee at New York
(Friday, February 5th)
Final Score: Milwaukee 114, New York 107
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Ersan Ilyasova scored a career-high 25 points while pulling down nine rebounds off the bench, as the Milwaukee Bucks held off the New York Knicks, 114-107, at Madison Square Garden.
Brandon Jennings added 22 points and eight assists for the Bucks, who have won four of five. Luc Mbah a Moute ended with 16 points and six rebounds, and Carlos Delfino and Charlie Bell each had 13 points. Delfino also grabbed nine boards and dished out six assists for the victors.
"(Jennings) was very good in the second half," said Bucks head coach Scott Skiles. "He had is usual good floor game, knocked down some shots -- it was a big part of the victory."
David Lee poured in a season-best 32 points to go with 15 rebounds for the Knicks, who have dropped four of five and were looking for their first win streak since a three-game run from January 1-7. Al Harrington made four three- pointers on his way to 22 points while grabbing eight boards off the bench. Wilson Chandler donated 19 points in defeat.
"We're searching for a win," Lee said. "We're not a great team by any means and every game is going to be a struggle to get a victory and we lost that struggle tonight. We'll take the struggle to Cleveland tomorrow and back for Sacramento then take a couple days break."
Milwaukee used a 10-3 spurt early in the third to tie things. Jennings' three- pointer made it a 64-64 game with over 9 1/2 minutes left.
Ahead 79-78 with over two minutes to go in the frame, the Bucks closed the period out on an 11-3 run. Hakim Warrick capped the spurt with four straight points to give Milwaukee a 90-81 lead.
Jerry Stackhouse's trey extended the Bucks' margin to 97-84 with about nine minutes remaining in the fourth.
Chandler's deuce and Harrington's three-pointer had New York within 102-96 with 6 1/2 minutes to play. However, Milwaukee responded with seven straight points to take a 109-96 lead on a pair of Jennings foul shots with 3:40 left.
The Knicks never got closer than six the rest of the way.
The Bucks ripped off six straight points near the midway point of the first quarter to take a 19-9 lead on a Jennings jumper with less than six minutes to go.
Milwaukee held a 10-point margin with over one minute remaining, but the Knicks scored the final seven points of the period to get within 29-26.
A pair of Harrington three-pointers had New York in front 42-38 with 7:43 to go until half. The Knicks led 59-54 at the break.
The Bucks have taken six of the past seven matchups in this series, including a 102-87 victory in Milwaukee on November 7. The Knicks also lost both of their clashes with the Bucks at Madison Square Garden last season...Milwaukee improved to 7-19 on the road this season.
02/06 01:35:45 ET