8:00 PM EST
November 28, 2012
New York Knicks (9-4) at Milwaukee Bucks (7-5), 8 p.m. (ET)
(Sports Network) - It's a battle of Eastern Conference Division leaders on Wednesday night when the Atlantic-leading New York Knicks head to Milwaukee to face the Bucks, the top team in the Central.
The Knicks are coming off a spirited loss Monday night in Brooklyn to the Nets. That setback dropped the Knicks into a tie for the division lead with their fellow New Yorkers and the Knicks have dropped three of their last four and all three were on the road.
In a fantastic regular-season game, the Knicks and Nets went to overtime before the Brooklyn squad outscored the Knicks 12-5 in the extra period to win 96-89. Carmelo Anthony scored a game-high 35 points in a shade over 50 minutes.
"When you're in a game, you playing off adrenaline and things like that," said Anthony. "I didn't realize I played 50 minutes until I came into the locker room."
The Knicks missed starter Jason Kidd, who was a late scratch with back spasms and will not play Wednesday night. Tyson Chandler notched a career-high 28 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.
New York has fallen to ninth in the NBA in opponents' scoring, but are still fourth in scoring as a team.
The Bucks pulled off a miracle victory their last time out. Down by as many as 27 points in the third quarter, Milwaukee outscored the Bulls 42-14 in the final 14-plus minutes to earn the franchise's third win all-time when trailing by 17 points or more heading into the fourth quarter.
"It's a long game, and you're hoping you can do what we did," said Bucks coach Scott Skiles. "You're holding out hope that somehow you can get it to 16, get it to 12, get it to eight and just sort of walk the game down like that, and the guys did a good job of that."
The Bucks bench continued to be spectacular on Monday. The reserves combined for 56 points, led by the struggling Ersan Ilyasova, who had 18 for the game and 12 in the fourth quarter.
Beno Udrih and Ekpe Udoh each had 11 off the bench as it was an uncharacteristically slow night for the vaunted Bucks backcourt of Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis. The pair totaled 16 points on 6-for-19 shooting.
Monday's improbable victory halted a three-game losing streak, including a home loss to those same Bulls on Saturday night. After Wednesday's tilt with the Knicks, the Bucks go on the road for five of their next eight.
The Knicks have won the last two in this series, but Milwaukee has been dominant for a few seasons. The Bucks are 12-4 in their last 16 meetings with New York and 6-2 in their building against the Knicks in the last eight.