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Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Halftime Reaction: Knicks 56, Bucks 31

By Matt Ehalt

NEW YORK -- Here are some quick observations from the Knicks' 56-31 halftime lead over the Bucks in their season opener on Wednesday at Madison Square Garden.

• The Knicks are simply just a better team than Milwaukee and it showed in the first half as they dominated the action. The Knicks have more scorers, and Milwaukee couldn't get into a groove on offense. The Bucks settled for too many jumpers and weren't able to penetrate the lane with success. It didn't help Milwaukee that guard Brandon Knight left the game early with a hamstring problem.

Carmelo Anthony was slowed down by two first quarter fouls but he still managed to score 12 points in the first half and looked sharp. He was matched by Iman Shumpert and Raymond Felton, the latter who was active getting into the lane. Guard Pablo Prigioni looked impressive with seven points and seemed to make all the little plays necessary.

Metta World Peace made his Knicks debut early in the first quarter as he took over for Anthony. He scored his first bucket on a layup with 1:43 left in the first quarter. He totaled two points and three rebounds in the first half. He spoke to the crowd before the game.

Andrea Bargnani didn't have the best start to his Knicks career as he missed all four of his shots and finished with two turnovers and two fouls. He didn't score a point. He attempted just one 3-pointer.

• The Knicks were heavily dependent on the 3-pointer last season, but they attempted just five in the first half, making only made two, courtesy of Prigioni and Shumpert. The Knicks shot 56 percent from the field.