Final

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 12/9

Game 1: Saturday, December 9th
Bucks107Final
Knicks115
Game 2: Sunday, January 28th
Knicks105Final
Bucks107
Game 3: Friday, February 23rd
Bucks93Final
Knicks95
Game 4: Saturday, April 7th
Knicks118Final
OT
Bucks113

Knicks 105

(19-27, 8-14 away)

Bucks 107

(18-26, 10-8 home)

    Coverage: MSG

    2:30 PM ET, January 28, 2007

    BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI

    1 2 3 4 T
    NY 20 27 22 36105
    MIL 24 28 26 29107

    Top Performers

    New York: D. Lee 19 Pts, 14 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Milwaukee: M. Williams 30 Pts, 6 Reb, 10 Ast, 2 Stl

    Williams leads five Bucks in double figures in win

    Associated Press

    MILWAUKEE -- With the Milwaukee Bucks leading by two with 28 seconds left, Mo Williams didn't want to give the charging New York Knicks another chance.

    "I told myself, "I'm going to take the shot and if I do miss it, they aren't going to have a lot of time left," Williams said. "I had to set it up right."

    Elias Says

    Mo Williams
    Williams
    Making his first appearance since suffering a sprained left shoulder Jan. 8, Mo Williams scored 30 points with 10 assists in the Bucks' 107-105 win over the Knicks. Williams became the first player in NBA history to record at least 30 points and 10 assists in his first game back after a layoff of 20 days or longer. Honorable mention to Oscar Robertson, who scored 28 points with 11 assists after missing 22 days for the Cincinnati Royals in 1970.

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    Williams had 30 points, including an awkward, 20-foot jumper with 3.1 seconds left, and 10 assists to lift the Bucks a 107-105 victory over the Knicks on Sunday to snap a six-game losing streak.

    New York nearly came back anyway after Williams' shot.

    Jamal Crawford hit an open 3 to make it 106-105 and the Knicks fouled Williams with 0.4 seconds left.

    Williams, who meant to miss his second free throw, made it, giving the Knicks a chance to tie or win.

    "The way things have been going lately when I made it I thought we were going to overtime," Williams said. "We played too well today to get a moral victory."

    But Crawford couldn't get a 3-pointer off from the corner in time.

    "I was trying to rush just to get it up," said Crawford, who wasn't sure if the shot even would have counted.

    Williams, who missed the last nine games after spraining his left shoulder in a collision on Jan. 8 at Denver, brought some desperately needed energy and bailed out the struggling Bucks after they nearly blew a 13-point lead with just under 9 minutes to play.

    Milwaukee, which had lost 11 of its last 12 and nearly completed its first winless month at home in more than 15 years, outhustled the Knicks for most of the game before New York made a furious rally.

    "We just can't put ourselves in situations like that," said Stephon Marbury, who finished with 15 points. "We put ourselves in a tough situation where we had to fight to come back. Those guys, they hadn't won a game, so we kind of expected them to come out and play the way they played. For us as a team, we've got to come out more prepared."

    Crawford, who scored 17 points in the fourth and finished with 26, started by scoring the Knicks' first 10 points of the final quarter. He picked up his fifth foul with 5:05 left and the Knicks down 91-85, but New York didn't fold.

    Andrew Bogut, who had 18 points and nine rebounds, finished a fast break with a dunk with 1:33 left to make it 102-95, but Marbury scored the next five points off two free throws and a long 3-pointer to make it 102-100 with a minute to go.

    Williams and Marbury traded baskets before Williams hit his running jumper with Marbury tightly defending him with 3.1 seconds to play.

    "I'm just glad he didn't shoot it too early," Bucks coach Terry Stotts said. "We got on him at halftime for doing that at the end of the first half. ... As good as shot it was, I thought the timing of it was even better."

    Williams' early attempt just before half led to Nate Robinson sinking a shot from halfcourt at the halftime buzzer to pull the Knicks to 52-47.

    Brian Skinner had a season-high 14 rebounds as Milwaukee held a 46-43 edge against the second-best rebounding team in the league, even though the Knicks got Eddy Curry back after he missed a game with a sore left calf. Curry, averaging 19.4 points and 7.1 rebounds, looked like he was poised for another big game early on. He made his first five shots, but finished with 15 points and four rebounds.

    "I'm stiff and not quite where I want to be," said Curry, who added he won't miss another game because of the injury.

    David Lee scored 19 points on 9-for-12 shooting and grabbed 14 rebounds for New York, while Renaldo Balkman added 12 points.

    Ruben Patterson scored 21 points, Charlie Bell had 16 and Earl Boykins 13 for Milwaukee.

    Crawford nearly showed up too late to help the Knicks following his career-best 52-point effort against the Heat on Friday night. He missed his first six shots before scoring on a layup with 1:12 left in the first half and finished 9-of-24 from the field.

    "I think the first game after a big game like that is probably the hardest," Crawford said. "My teammates encouraged me to stay with it. They weren't typically bad shots, but they just weren't falling."

    Williams, still missing starting backcourt mate Michael Redd (strained knee tendon), was quietly having a breakout season before being injured. He is one of three players in the league averaging 17 points, five rebounds and five assists, along with LeBron James and Kobe Bryant.

    "He had a spark," said Stotts, who led the Bucks to a 7-0 record at home last month. "We're trying to get back in to the style we were playing in December and Mo was a big part of that."

    Game notes


    The teams combined to miss their first seven free throws before Jerome James, hit two with 28 seconds left in the first quarter. The Bucks finished 16-of-25 from the free-throw line and the Knicks went 14-of-24 leaving coach Isiah Thomas frustrated. "We can't hit our free throws. If we made our free throws, you can add seven or eight wins to our win column." ... Due to national television restrictions, the game was shown in New York at 6 p.m. on a tape-delay.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    NY
    MIL
    Points 105 107
    FGM-FGA 43-86 (.500) 44-87 (.506)
    3PM-3PA 5-20 (.250) 3-15 (.200)
    FTM-FTA 14-24 (.583) 16-25 (.640)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 14-43 13-46
    Assists 24 20
    Turnovers 13 14
    Steals 6 5
    Blocks 5 3
    Fast Break Points 10 18
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (0/0) 22 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 6 13

    Top Performers

    New York
    Milwaukee
    David Lee Lee
    Points: 19
    Reb: 14
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1
    Mo Williams Williams
    Points: 30
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 10
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0