Bucks 90, Knicks 87

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MILWAUKEE (AP)—T.J. Ford hit a pair of free throws with 7.7 seconds left and Tim Thomas scored 12 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Milwaukee Bucks past the New York Knicks for the second time in four days, 90-87 Saturday night.

Charlie Ward missed two 3-point attempts in the final 16 seconds, the second coming at the buzzer.

Michael Redd added 22 points for the Bucks, who also beat the Knicks 106-90 Wednesday night in New York.

Allan Houston scored 19 of his 28 points in the second half and Keith Van Horn added 20 for the Knicks.

With Milwaukee leading 87-84, Ward’s 3 rattled out of the basket with 16 seconds left. Joe Smith grabbed the rebound, was fouled and made one of two free throws for an 88-84 lead with 13.5 seconds to go.

Shandon Anderson hit an open 3 to pull New York within 88-87 with 8 seconds left. Ford was then fouled on the inbounds and made both free throws.

Ward inbounded the ball at halfcourt and got it back, moving to the top of the 3-point line. With Redd guarding him closely, Ward shot a 3 at the buzzer that grazed the net but hit nothing else.

Thomas scored seven consecutive points early in the fourth, giving Milwaukee a 77-71 lead on a fast-break layup with 8:17 left.

Ford had three assists in an 8-2 run that gave Milwaukee a 64-63 lead on Redd’s layup with 3:12 left in the third quarter. There were five more lead changes before the end of the quarter, with Kurt Thomas scoring on a 15-footer with 30 seconds left to give the Knicks a 69-68 lead after three.

Van Horn, who scored 16 first-half points, hit a 3-pointer with 24 secondsleft in the second quarter to give New York a 48-45 halftime lead.


Smith finished with 15 rebounds. … Bucks coach Terry Porter has not played C Joel Pryzbilla, the ninth pick in the 2000 draft, in the two games since he has come off the injured list with a strained tendon in his right knee. … Bucks C Dan Gadzuric scored a career-high 13 points. … The Knicks held Bucks F Toni Kukoc to two points, missing all seven of his field-goalattempts, after he scored 21 against them Wednesday night.

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