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Rapid Reaction: Knicks 90, Bucks 83

10/30/2013


What it means: Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler bailed the Knicks out on opening night. Anthony scoring two big baskets in the final two minutes and Chandler came up with a crucial block to help seal New York's 90-83 win over an underwhelming Milwaukee team.

Sloppy second half: The Knicks blew a 25-point lead in the second half thanks to 14 turnovers. Milwaukee took a one-point lead with three minutes to go but Anthony scored back-to-back baskets to put the Knicks up five. Chandler added two dunks of his own during the spurt and had a big block on Nate Wolters' lay-up attempt with 33 seconds to play. That led to a Raymond Felton layup to give the Knicks a seven-point lead and seal the win.

Anthony finished with 19 points (7-for-16) and 10 rebounds. Chandler had 10 points, six rebounds and five blocks.

Rough start for Bargnani: Not a great debut for Andrea Bargnani. The Knicks' big-ticket offseason acquisition started the game 0-for-4 with two turnovers and heard some boos from the Garden crowd. He finished with six points on 3-for-9 shooting. New York was outscored by 11 in his 17 minutes on the floor.

Small ball: Mike Woodson went with a two point guard lineup to start the game and it seemed to work well. New York jumped out to a 25-point lead after the first half. They shot 56 percent from the floor in the first two quarters and had 10 assists on 22 makes.

Felton left the game briefly with a hamstring injury. We'll have more details on that shortly.

What's next: The Knicks will take on Derrick Rose and the Bulls in Chicago. Rose will be playing his first home game since May 2012.

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