Rapid Reaction: Bucks 102, Knicks 96
March, 25, 2011
By Chris Sheridan | ESPNNewYork.com
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WHAT IT MEANS: The natives are restless, and they let the Knicks know it with boos in the first and fourth quarters. Once again the Knicks had an abyssmal fourth quarter, but this time it was on the offensive end as well as the defensive end. Brandon Jennings was too speedy for them, even when coach Mike D'Antoni switched to a two point-guard alignment for pretty much the final 42 minutes. The Knicks went without a field goal for a stretch of nearly 4½ minutes midway through the fourth quarter, and Jennings killed them during a long stretch in which no other Milwaukee player scored. New York's losing streak is up to five games, and the Knicks (35-37) have lost eight of nine to drop two games below .500.
TURNING POINT: The Knicks never led in this one, but they pulled within one point early in the fourth quarter before missing 11 consecutive shots. Jennings single-handedly outscored New York 11-2 over that span, making it 98-88 before Carmelo Anthony finally broke the field goal drought with 2:58 remaining.
DIFFERENCE MAKER: Anthony Carter made his first appearance after seven consecutive DNP-CDs and played a major role, even replacing Douglas alongside Billups for the middle three minutes of the fourth quarter. The 12-year veteran had seven points and four assists in 18 minutes. For Milwaukee, Jennings' 37 points were a season-high.
THE ROSTER: Doesn't look like Earl Barron will be walking through that tunnel. Team president Donnie Walsh said the roster will "likely" stay the same for the rest of the regular season and the playoffs, and D'Antoni said Barron was not a viable candidate to displace any of the 15 players on the current roster.
WHAT'S NEXT: The sixth and final back-to-back of the month happens Saturday night in Charlotte against the Bobcats, who rallied to win in Boston on Friday night. The Bobcats sent their best player (Gerald Wallace) to Portland at the trading deadline and may not use Stephen Jackson for the rest of the season because of a strained hamstring.