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Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Halftime Report: Knicks 45, Bucks 44

By Ian Begley

Here are a few observations from the first half of Knicks-Bucks:

Sloppy second: The Knicks built a nine-point lead on the strength of solid defense from Metta World Peace but Milwaukee stormed back on an 11-3 run late in the second quarter to close the gap to one point at the half.

Milwaukee was led by point guard Brandon Knight, who is the latest floor general to torch the Knicks. Knight has 22 points on 7-for-10 shooting. He's hit 4 of 5 3s and has been a handful for Knicks' point guard Beno Udrih.

Tyson returns: Tyson Chandler finished the half with two points, two rebounds a block and a steal in his first action in six weeks. The Knicks were outscored by five with Chandler on the floor.

Chandler understandably seemed winded late in the second quarter. It was his first time on the court since he broke his right leg on Nov. 5, so it makes sense that conditioning would be an issue.

Bench brings it: World Peace led a strong effort by the Knicks' bench. World Peace had four steals in four minutes. It's unclear why Mike Woodson subbed World Peace out.

Andrea Bargnani, relegated to the bench with Chandler back, had seven points and seven rebounds.

Tim Hardaway Jr. added five points and three assists in 11 minutes.