Bogut looks to help the Bucks match their season-high winning streak at three games when they meet the New York Knicks for the first time this season.
T.J. Ford scored 24 points and Michael Redd added 23, but Bogut took over down the stretch to lead Milwaukee to a 111-106 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday. The Bucks allowed LeBron James to score an NBA season-high 52 points, but clamped down on his teammates.
“Other guys didn’t get involved in the second half and that keyed us,” said Bogut, who dunked over James, set a key screen for Ford, and hit two layups late in the game to finish with a career-high 21 points.
Bogut is shooting 52 percent from the field and is averaging 8.5 points and 7.7 rebounds in 27 minutes per contest.
“I’m just trying to play hard,” Bogut said. “I’m just proving a point to myself that I can play in this league.”
The Bucks, who have won five of their last six games, are facing a Knicks team that has lost two straight and four of its last five.
New York led by seven after the first quarter at Phoenix on Friday, but gave up 24 points in the second en route to an 85-81 defeat. The Knicks, who average an NBA-high 17.5 turnovers a game, committed 23 against the Suns.
“We gave up a lead in the second quarter when we had control. We turned the ball over too much,” Knicks coach Larry Brown said.
The Knicks played without guard Quentin Richardson for a third straight game after he returned to the Chicago area following the shooting death of his brother earlier last week. New York has used 12 different starting lineups in 19 games.
The Knicks play six of their next seven at home after playing only six times at Madison Square Garden in their first 19 contests.
STANDINGS (through Dec. 11): Bucks - 3rd place, 4 1/2 GB, Central Division. Knicks - 4th place, 3 GB, Atlantic Division.
TEAM LEADERS: Bucks - Redd, 25 ppg; Magloire, 10.2 rpg; Ford, 6.9 apg. Knicks - Marbury, 18.5 ppg and 6.5 apg; Curry, 6 rpg.
2004-05 SEASON SERIES: Bucks, 2-1.
LAST MEETING: April 3, 2005; Bucks, 106-102. At Milwaukee, Redd scored a game-high 32 points for the Bucks while Marbury led New York with 15 points and nine assists.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Bucks - 5-4 on the road. Knicks - 3-3 at home.