NBA Game Summary - New York at Milwaukee
(Tuesday, April 1st)
Final Score: Milwaukee 119, New York 115 (OT)
Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) - Michael Redd poured in 36 points, dished out nine assists and reeled in six rebounds, and the Milwaukee Bucks mounted a late comeback and outlasted the New York Knicks, 119-115, in overtime.
Andrew Bogut, who wore a protective mask after having recently undergone nasal surgery, scored 24 points and pulled down 13 boards for the Bucks, who snapped a four-game skid and had dropped 10 of their last 11 games entering the clash. Bobby Simmons tallied a season-high 24 points, and Milwaukee's 119-point output also marked a season-high.
"In overtime, we came out pretty focused, and Simmons stepped up in a big way on both ends, offensively and defensively," said Bucks head coach Larry Krystkowiak.
Quentin Richardson recorded 22 points for New York, which has fallen in eight of its last nine contests overall, and five straight and 10 of 11 on the road. Zach Randolph added 19 points and 10 rebounds despite battling the flu, and Jamal Crawford contributed 19 points and eight assists in the loss.
Wilson Chandler chipped in 12 points and David Lee ended with 11 points, as the Knicks failed in their bid to sweep the season series from the Bucks. New York won the first two matchups, but had its four-game win streak against Milwaukee erased with the loss.
"I thought we played good and had a good run going most of the night," stated Knicks head coach Isiah Thomas. "I wanted to give our young guys some extended minutes and...I thought Milwaukee did a good job of exploiting our inexperience."
Trailing by double-digits in the final frame, Milwaukee refused to go away, and an 11-2 barrage in the closing minutes knotted the score. Redd sparked the surge when he found Bogut for a layup, and then Redd buried a bucket from beyond the arc with 1:04 remaining that evened things at 105-105.
The game was still tied, 107-107, when Ramon Sessions cleaned up an errant Crawford jumper and led a fastbreak down the other end, eventually hooking up with Simmons, who sliced his way through a pair of defenders before finishing with a layup that gave the Bucks a 109-107 edge with just one second to go.
"I live for these situations," explained Simmons. "Guys were looking for me, and I'm capable of making those shots."
The Knicks immediately took a timeout, and Richardson received the in-bounds pass from the left wing. He was harassed by Sessions, who attempted to swipe the ball as Richardson pulled up for a three-pointer. Sessions was whistled for the crucial shooting foul, though it appeared to be a clean play, and Richardson was sent to the stripe with an opportunity to win the game.
However, Richardson, a career 70.8 percent shooter from the line, missed the first attempt, and was left with a chance to even the score. He calmly sunk the last two shots, and the teams prepared for overtime.
In the extra session, the Knicks started off shooting 2-for-3 from the floor, but the Bucks had struck first and led 115-113 at the midway mark. New York then missed four consecutive field goals and committed a pair of turnovers, enabling Milwaukee to move ahead 119-113 with just 16 seconds on the clock.
"It's always tough when you don't win games and don't meet the expectations that you had," lamented Richardson. "We just have to keep playing hard every game and just try to win."
After 12 minutes of action, the Knicks had a 31-27 edge.
In the second stanza, neither squad was able to gain separation, and New York took a 61-59 lead into the locker room.
The Knicks began to pull away in the third period. New York used a 15-2 flurry to take control, highlighted by Crawford's five points. His jumper capped the burst and put the Knicks on top, 76-65, with just under five minutes to play.
New York maintained its 11-point advantage, concluding the third with an 88-77 lead.
Milwaukee improved to 25-48 overall, while New York slipped to 20-54...The Bucks climbed to 19-18 as the host...The Knicks fell to 7-30 on the road...Charlie Villanueva finished with eight points and seven rebounds for Milwaukee, while Sessions distributed a career-high six assists...Nate Robinson had nine points for New York.
04/02 01:41:29 ET