Knicks 114, Bucks 108

Posted: February 24, 2011 in Knicks

The Carmelo Anthony era for the Knicks began on a positive note, as Melo scored 27 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to help New York top Milwaukee tonight at the Garden.
Melo came out a bit tight (as one would expect) and wasn’t that efficient offensively (10-25 shooting) but when the chips were down, he made the big shots. Melo scored 11 points in the fourth quarter, including a few key buckets when Milwaukee had trimmed the Knicks’ lead.
Not to be forgotten in this trade was the addition of Chauncey Billups. The veteran standout had a great Knicks debut, scoring 21 points and dishing out eight assists to go along with six boards. He went 12 for 12 from the foul line. The guy is just money when you need a big shot or key free throws. Amar’e fouled out tonight and also drew another technical. One more tech and he misses a game. He scored 19 points, and it’s going to take some time for he and Melo to get on the same page.
Tonight’s X factor was definitely Toney Douglas, who scored a game-high 23 off the bench on 10 of 12 shooting.
Nice win overall by the Knickerbockers, who travel to Cleveland Friday night to take on the hapless Cavs. The Knicks can’t get caught looking ahead to Sunday’s Heat game, as the Knicks lost the last time they played the Cavs.

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