Sunday , Jan , 23 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Milwaukee downs Knicks in Herb Williams’ debut

New York, NY (Sports Network) – Desmond Mason scored 22 points, Michael Redd
added 14 and Milwaukee defeated struggling New York, 101-96, at historic
Madison Square Garden.

Joe Smith added 14 points, while Maurice Williams and Dan Gadzuric each netted
10 for the Bucks, who have won two in a row and three of four. Zaza Pachulia
chipped in 13 off the bench in the win.

Stephon Marbury paced the Knicks with 33 points on 10-of-21 shooting from the
floor. Jamal Crawford netted 20 and Mike Sweetney added 14 with 11 rebounds
for reeling New York, which has dropped six straight and 10 of 11. The
Knicks fell to 0-1 under interim coach Herb Williams, who took over for
Lenny Wilkens after the veteran coach resigned on Saturday.

“We are just having breakdowns,” said Marbury. “Our defense is breaking down”

Wilkens, who had been rumored to be next on general manager Isiah Thomas’
chopping block, chose to bow out on Saturday.

The Bucks led 26-23 after one quarter of action. Milwaukee then gained some
breathing room thanks to a 15-7 spurt in the second frame. Mason’s layup
capped the surge as Milwaukee grabbed a 41-30 lead with under five minutes
remaining in the stanza.

However, Marbury’s jumper ignited a 20-8 burst by New York to close out the
half. Crawford’s jumper capped the run as the Knicks headed into the locker
room with a slim 50-49 edge. Marbury netted 18 points to pace all players,
while Mason scored 12 points for the Bucks at the break.

“Everybody wants a win.” added Marbury.

Milwaukee, though, regained the lead midway through the third on Redd’s
jumper, making it 62-60. The Bucks then carried a 75-70 advantage into the
fourth.

“Our big guys got really aggressive,” said Redd. “We just started playing
solid basketball.”

The Bucks’ lead would grow to seven, 80-73, on Pachulia’s free throw with
under 10 minutes to go in the contest. New York would trim the deficit
to two, 91-89, at the 2:21 mark of the frame, but that was as close as the
Knicks would get the rest of the way.

MIL NYK