Carmelo Anthony put up 29 points and registered 9 rebounds to lead the New York Knicks to a close victory over the Milwaukee Bucks, 107-101. New York (8-17) picked up the win after falling to the Washington Wizards on Monday.
Anthony shot 9-29 (4-7 from three-point range) and 7-8 from the free throw line. Other top contributors for New York included Beno Udrih with 21 points and 5 assists, J.R. Smith with 19 points and 6 assists, and Andrea Bargnani with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Brandon Knight had a quality performance for Milwaukee in the loss, scoring 36 points on 13-25 shooting (6-12 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 4-6 from the free throw line. He also added 9 rebounds. Khris Middleton chipped in 20 points and 9 rebounds, John Henson finished with 20 points and 14 rebounds, and Giannis Antetokounmpo put up 10 points and 7 rebounds.
As expected, the Bucks offense, which averages the fourth-most errors in the NBA (TO% of 16.3%), struggled with 20 turnovers against a New York defense that forces the fourth-most (opponents' TO% of 23.3%). The Bucks had 13 assists against 20 turnovers for a ratio of .65. This year, they are 1-7 when having more turnovers than assists in a game. Conversely, the Knicks are 6-1 when holding their opponents below an assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.00.
Milwaukee (5-20) has now dropped their last four in a row.
Coming up next, the Knicks take on the Memphis Grizzlies, who are 10-15 on the year. The Bucks meet the Cleveland Cavaliers, currently 9-15 this season. The Bucks are 1-0 versus Cleveland this season.