Knicks visit hapless Bucks
(Sports Network) – The Milwaukee Bucks hope to put the brakes on a six-game
losing streak when they host the New York Knicks this afternoon at the Bradley
Milwaukee suffered its sixth consecutive loss with Friday’s 98-90 setback at
home to the red-hot Phoenix Suns. Charlie Bell scored 21 points for Milwaukee,
which is 9-8 as the host this season and last in the Central Division.
Earl Boykins scored 18 points and Charlie Villanueva added 10 points and 10
rebounds in the loss. Ersan Ilysova also scored 13 points and grabbed seven
boards for the Bucks. Villanueva returned after missing 11 games with
tendinitis in his shoulder.
The Bucks have dropped four in a row at the Bradley Center.
Meanwhile, New York halted a two-game skid with Friday’s 116-96 victory over
the defending champion Miami Heat.
Jamal Crawford recorded a career-high 52 points, hitting 20-of-30 from the
field and 8-of-10 from behind the arc, to lead the Knicks. Channing Frye added
16 points, while David Lee scored 11 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, and
Stephon Marbury tallied 13 assists and nine points in the win.
The Knicks are 8-13 away from Madison Square Garden this season. New York
center Eddy Curry (strained left calf) is questionable for Sunday’s
game against Milwaukee.
Sunday’s game between New York and Milwaukee is the second of four meetings
this season. The Knicks won the first encounter, 115-107, on December 9 at
Madison Square Garden.
Milwaukee has won four of six and five of the last eight meetings.
New York has lost five of seven and six of its last 10 at the Bucks.