MILWAUKEE -- Jamal Crawford scored 30 points, Fred Jones
added 18, and the New York Knicks overcame a 17-point,
third-quarter deficit to beat the Milwaukee Bucks 99-98 Saturday
night and break an eight-game losing streak.
David Lee added 17 points and nine rebounds for the Knicks, who
had matched their longest skid of the season with an overtime loss
to San Antonio on Friday.
Charlie Villanueva and Michael Redd led the Bucks with 21 points
apiece as Milwaukee lost for the fifth time in the last six games.
Redd returned to the lineup after missing the last six games with a
left knee strain.
Crawford tied it at 93 with 3:45 remaining, hitting a 3-pointer
as he fell down. Malik Rose's follow shot with 2:35 to go gave the
Knicks a 97-96 lead. After Andrew Bogut was called for an offensive
foul, his sixth foul of the game, Rose hit a 19-foot jumper with
1:50 left to extend the lead to 99-96.
Charlie Bell then stole the ball from Crawford and scored on a
layup with 31 seconds remaining to cut the lead to 99-98. Crawford
missed a running jumper with 7 seconds remaining and Villanueva
dived on the floor to get the rebound.
The Bucks broke open a close game in the third quarter with a
23-4 run, grabbing an 81-64 lead with 2:50 remaining when
Villanueva hit a jumper. Villanueva and Desmond Mason each had
eight points during the run.
The Knicks responded with a 15-0 spurt at the end of the third
quarter and the beginning of the fourth, cutting the lead to 81-79
on Crawford's 19-foot jumper with 10:34 left.
The teams battled back and forth during the first half, with the
biggest lead being by four when Bell hit a jumper with 5:02
remaining in the second quarter to give the Bucks a 42-38
advantage. The Bucks led 50-48 at halftime after Mason hit two free
throws with 3.6 seconds left.
The New York Post reported Saturday that Knicks guard
Stephon Marbury would be out for the season following ankle
surgery, but coach Isiah Thomas said he hoped that wouldn't be the
case. "We still hope that it's indefinite. We haven't given up on
him for the season yet," Thomas said. "Hopefully we'll have him
back." ... Redd's 21 points gave him 9,904 during his eight
seasons with the Bucks, passing Junior Bridgeman for sixth place on
the team's career scoring list. Bridgeman, who was at the game to
be honored at halftime as part of the Bucks' 40th anniversary
celebration, scored 9,892 points in 10 seasons. ... Knicks guard
Quentin Richardson returned to the starting lineup after missing
the last two games with a sprained ankle.