NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Monday, February 22nd (All times eastern)
Milwaukee Bucks (26-28) at New York Knicks (19-35), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - Tracy McGrady's debut with the New York Knicks was spoiled in overtime, but the former NBA scoring champion will shoot for an encore performance tonight versus the Milwaukee Bucks at Madison Square Garden.
McGrady went 10-of-17 from the field for 26 points in Saturday's 121-118 overtime setback versus the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Knicks acquired McGrady on Thursday in a three-team swap with Houston and Sacramento. New York, which freed itself of about $32 million in salary cap space, received McGrady's league-high $23 million expiring contract from the Rockets as well as Kings point guard Sergio Rodriguez.
"I didn't expect to play the way I did," McGrady said after a few media outlets predicted he wouldn't see action. "I expected to move the way I was out there, but as far being efficient offensively, playing that many minutes, no."
David Lee paced the losing squad with 30 points and 10 rebounds, while Eddie House, who was also making his New York debut after the Knicks acquired him from Boston in exchange for Nate Robinson, added 24 points and five rebounds off the bench. It wasn't enough as New York lost for the sixth straight time and ninth in 10 attempts.
The Knicks are 0-2 on a three-game homestand and have lost four in a row at Madison Square Garden. They own a 12-18 mark in the Big Apple this season.
Meanwhile, the Bucks have won two in a row and eight of their last 11 games, including Saturday's 93-88 victory versus the Charlotte Bobcats behind 19 points from both Brandon Jennings and John Salmons.
Andrew Bogut delivered 18 points and 13 rebounds for the victors.
"It was a hard fought game, even when we had the lead," Bucks head coach Scott Skiles said. "They have a good club in general but when a guy like Stephen Jackson isn't going to quit out there, he's going to keep playing hard. Then we went cold. We had trouble knocking down shots that we were knocking down in the first half."
The Bucks are one game off the final playoff spot in the East and have won three in a row as the guest. They own a 9-19 record away from the Bradley Center this season.
Milwaukee has won the first two encounters with New York this season and six of the last seven meetings overall. The Bucks have won three straight after losing their last three trips to historic MSG.
02/22 10:36:36 ET