The Knicks dropped to 7-21 -- matching their worst start since
1986-87 -- and fell into last place in the Atlantic Division,
percentage points behind Toronto (8-22).
"I've spoken to you after 28 games, and there was one game I
was disappointed and I said that," Brown told reporters after the
loss. "Everybody makes a big deal (about it), I coached him for
the next two days just like I always coached him. He's done what I
asked and tries to win the game."
Maurice Taylor scored 18 points, Channing Frye added 15 and Eddy
Curry had 12 for the Knicks. But Taylor picked up his fifth foul
with 7:36 left, and the Knicks were in the penalty with 5:03
remaining after Curry also picked up his fifth.
Williams, who finished 11-of-17 from the field with six rebounds
and five assists, was the catalyst when Milwaukee took the lead
just before the start of the fourth on a 9-0 run.
"Mo has more of a scorer's mentality -- more of a 3-point
shooter," Redd said. "T.J. is more of a penetrator, a creator.
They both bring a little something different to the table."
New York, which went on a 4-minute stretch without a field goal
early in the fourth, cut the Bucks' lead to 97-96 after Nate
Robinson, who finished with 19 points, hit a 3-pointer and added
two free throws.
Simmons answered with a fadeaway jumper and added a breakaway
dunk. Then Williams scored on another fast break layup after a
turnover by Jamal Crawford to give Milwaukee a 103-96 lead with
2:09 left. The Knicks never had the ball with a chance to tie after
"I was awful down the stretch," Crawford said. "I missed two
free throws, a 3-pointer and threw the ball away. That was
uncharacteristic of me."
Before the game, Brown said the situation with Marbury wasn't an
issue. He was critical of his point guard after the Knicks' loss
Wednesday to the Orlando Magic for not being aggressive enough.
Marbury finished that game with five points and was 0-for-7 from
the field, but Brown said general manager Isiah Thomas hasn't asked
about the dynamic and emotional playmaker.
"If it was a big thing for him, I'm sure he would address
that," Brown said.
Marbury, who shot 7-of-15 from the field and was 9-of-10 from
the free throw line, began to play frantically just before the
half, first finding David Lee for a dunk for his ninth assist.
On the next possession, he called for the ball, turned it over
in traffic and raced back down to strip Jermaine Jackson at the
After Dan Gadzuric tipped a ball to a wide open Redd under the
basket to cut the Knicks' lead to 57-54 with 1 second left, Marbury
barely missed a 41-foot shot at the halftime buzzer.
The Bucks avoided losing a third straight game. The last
time Milwaukee lost three in a row was a four-game stretch from
April 8-15 last season. ... Hubie Brown quit after going 4-12 in
1986 and New York started 7-21, but won the next two games. ... It
was the first game Andrew Bogut did not wear a mask since breaking
his nose on Nov. 23 against Philadelphia.