The New York Knicks got off to a slow start against the Milwaukee Bucks last night, trailing 30-14 with 1:43 left in the first quarter on a lay up by Brandon Jennings, on their way to a 102-96 loss in a game they never had a lead. The Knicks would get no closer than 1, as they cut the lead to 87-86 on a jumper from Amar’e Stoudemire, but a 15-4 run, 13 of which was scored by Brandon Jennings, ended the game.
Jennings discussed the Knicks woes post game. “We knew they were going to try and make a statement tonight and so we had t throw the first push. That is something we did at home against them and something we did here tonight.” Jennings has two reasons for playing inspired basketball at Madison Square Garden. “It’s the Mecca of basketball. I love New York City energy and you can still never forget draft day.”
Andrew Bogut spoke of the Milwaukee defense, which allows 92.6 a game, third fewest in the league. Our defense was pretty good even though they scored 96 points. Our defense was getting stops when it needed to get stops. We know that New York likes to switch a lot of screens. They do a lot of different things defensively so we just kept trying to move the ball side to side. When we moved it from one side to another more than once we had open shots.”
Milwaukee Bucks head coach Scott Skiles was pleased with his team’s effort. “The ball movement was about as good as we’ve had all season in the first five or six minutes. The story was different in the Knicks locker room.
New York Knicks head coach Mike D’Antoni made a great analogy to the play of the team. “It’s almost lie mud i your engine. We’re just chugging and it’s tough to play that way. We’re not spacing the floor real well, ad the ball’s not moving. And it gets pronounced in the fourth quarter. We just don’t have a presence out there.”
Amar’e Stoudemire stated what all who watched saw on the court. “We didn’t quite come out with great energy from the start. It was one of those nights again. We have to fight more. We have to put more effort on the court. We have to want these games. We can’t play relaxed anymore. Once we play with energy and effort with have a great chance of winning.
Carmelo Anthony was perplexed. “I don’t know, I can’t put my finger on it. I don’t know, that’s the only thing I can say right now. ” he replied when asked about the Knicks struggles. “We’re missig shots we usually make. We’re taking the same shots, it’s just not going in right now.”
Stoudemire led the Knicks with 28 points and 9 rebounds, while Anthony scored 25 points, and grabbed 8 rebounds. Toney Douglas came off the bench to score 16 points.
Brandon Jennings scored a season-high 37 points, grabbed 6 rebounds, and dished out 3 assists. Andrew Bogut scored 21 points, while grabbing 17 rebounds, and Luc Mbah a Moute added 12 points and 4 rebounds. John Salmons finished with 11 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 assists.
A star-studded crowd was among the sellout crowd of 19,763 at Madison Square Garden on Friday, including The Today Show host Matt Lauer, former Knick Bernard King, reality TV personalities Kim Kardashian and Angela Simmons, Red Hot Chili Peppers member Flea, DJ Funk Master Flex, former Giant Sean Landetta, and more.
The Knicks are in Charlotte tonight to take on the Bobcats at 7pm.