Rapid Reaction: Knicks 115, Bucks 94

Clearly, Phil Jackson is already having an impact on the Knicks.

The day after Jackson signed a deal to become Knicks president, the team thrashed the hapless Bucks to win their sixth straight game, a season high.

The 115-94 matinee win moved New York to within three games of eighth-place Atlanta. The Hawks, who have won two straight, play the Nuggets later Saturday.

New York (27-40) led by 25 in the second quarter and never looked back as the Bucks dropped their third in a row and eighth in the past 11 games.

Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 23 points on an efficient 8-for-16 shooting line. New York had four players score at least 14 points. Tim Hardaway Jr. continued his hot shooting, pouring in 19 points on 8-for-12 shooting.

And Iman Shumpert added 14 points, breaking the 10-point mark for the first time since Feb. 9.

Rise and shine: The Knicks entered play 0-7 in games that began prior to 3:30 p.m. Some of their most embarrassing losses of the season were in games that started in the afternoon. They lost by 31 to San Antonio at home in an afternoon game and by 41 to Boston at Madison Square Garden. In all, their average margin of defeat in those games was more than 20 points.

But New York looked chipper against the Bucks, shooting above 50 percent for the sixth straight game and holding Milwaukee to 44 percent shooting. The Knicks have won six in a row by double figures.

That's Amar'e: Amar'e Stoudemire returned from a one-game absence and made his presence felt in the third quarter. He had nine points in the third to help the Knicks maintain a 20-plus point lead. Stoudemire finished with 15 points on 6-for-13 shooting. The Knicks are 6-1 since Stoudemire entered the starting lineup.

Tyson Chandler returned from a two-game absence due to a personal matter and had two points and five rebounds in 25 minutes.

What's next: The Knicks will have a few days to prepare for Wednesday's game against Indiana.

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