Rapid Reaction: Knicks 101, Bucks 83

The current New York Knicks found a proper way to honor their elders.

With the franchise honoring the 1972-73 championship team on Friday night, the Knicks used a 42-point third quarter to take control in a 101-83 win over the Milwaukee Bucks.

Carmelo Anthony had 41 points and J.R. Smith added 27 to lift New York, which extended its winning streak to 11 games.

The Knicks last won 11 straight in 1993-94, when they made a run to the NBA Finals.

New York is six games up on the Brooklyn Nets with seven games left on the schedule.

MAGNIFICENT MELO: Anthony has scored an eye-popping 131 points in his past three games.

He had 50 on Tuesday against the Miami Heat and followed that up with 40 against the Atlanta Hawks.

He's the first Knick with at least 40 points in three straight games since Bernard King did it in 1984-85.

THRILLING THIRD: The Knicks trailed by nine at halftime, but then Anthony took over.

Perhaps inspired by the ceremony to honor the '72-'73 team, Anthony came out and scored 13 points in the first 4:41 of the third after scoring 12 in the first half.

The Knicks outscored the Bucks 42-21 in the third. They knocked down eight 3-pointers after missing 11 of 12 in the third. J.R. Smith had 12 in the quarter. Overall, Smith hit 11 of 22 shots.

D-FENSE: The Knicks held the Bucks to 38 percent shooting and, playing without Kenyon Martin and Marcus Camby, outscored Milwaukee 32-26 in the paint.

Tyson Chandler had six points and 10 rebounds in 37 minutes. Raymond Felton added nine points and four assists in 36 minutes.

Jason Kidd had five points, seven rebounds and two assists. The veteran hit a 70-footer at the end of the third to give the Knicks a 12 point lead entering the fourth.

WHAT'S NEXT: The Knicks will have the day off on Saturday and travel to Oklahoma City to face Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and the Thunder on Sunday.