Curry, Knicks beat Bucks in OT
Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) – Eddy Curry poured in a career-high 43 points
and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead New York past Milwaukee, 118-113, in overtime
at the Bradley Center.
Nate Robinson had 34 points for the Knicks, who snapped a four-game skid and
remain three games behind Orlando with six to play for the eighth and final
playoff spot in the East. Mardy Collins notched a career-high with 19 points
and 12 boards, while Renaldo Balkman donated 10 points off the bench.
“We did a great job,” Curry said. “Total team effort tonight. My teammates did
a great job.”
Ruben Patterson posted 27 points and Michael Redd chipped in 25 for the Bucks,
who have dropped nine of their last 10 games. Maurice Williams scored 15 with
10 assists and Ersan Ilyasova and Charlie Bell each added 14 points in defeat.
New York held a slim lead for most of the final frame before both teams made
it exciting in the final moments.
With the game tied at 97 with under one minute to play, Bell made a layup to
put the Bucks on top with 37.3 seconds left. Then, after Curry’s tip shot tied
it again seconds later, Patterson’s three-pointer with 0.9 seconds remaining
banked off the glass and fell through to give Milwaukee a 102-99 edge.
Curry, however, sent the game into overtime by drilling a trey from the corner
as time expired.
“That was a big-time shot,” Milwaukee coach Larry Krystkowiak said. “I think
it may have been his first (of his career); I know it was his first this
season. I’m thinking more about our guys battling.”
The Knicks never trailed in the extra session as Jared Jeffries’ running layup
and Robinson’s jump shot made it a 109-104 affair en route to the victory.
New York shot 51 percent from the field, while Milwaukee finished 43.5 percent
Milwaukee used an 11-0 run thanks to Redd’s nine points to surge ahead 23-13
midway through the first quarter. A Jeffries tip shot capped the frame and
brought New York within 34-26.
The Bucks led by as many as 12 in the second and went into the locker room
with a 60-53 lead following Williams’ layup.
Things went back-and-forth late in the third, but Curry drained a layup as the
Knicks went into the fourth with an 83-82 edge.
The Knicks dominated the glass, outrebounding the Bucks 54-44.