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Knicks outlast Bucks in 2 OTs

Milwaukee, WI (SportsNetwork.com) - Andrea Bargnani can breathe a sigh of relief after the New York Knicks survived the Milwaukee Bucks, 107-101, in two overtimes on Wednesday.

Bargnani made a head-scratching decision to shoot a 3-pointer with the Knicks ahead by two and time winding down in the first overtime.

The Knicks' bench almost universally threw their hands in the air in disbelief as the shot drew iron, and John Henson sent the game to an extra five minutes with a tip-in at the other end.

Carmelo Anthony, though, made the error moot, scoring eight of his 29 points in the second OT to send the Knicks to their third win in the past five games.

Beno Udrih and J.R. Smith contributed 21 and 19 points, respectively, for New York, which welcomed Tyson Chandler back to the lineup for the first time since Nov. 5.

"It's good to have Tyson back. He played 36 minutes. I was hoping to keep him in the high 20s, but I just couldn't do it because of the overtimes," said Knicks head coach Mike Woodson of Chandler, who finished with nine points and nine boards.

The already-shorthanded Bucks, who were without O.J. Mayo for undisclosed personal reasons, received just four points from their limited bench. Brandon Knight played nearly 50 minutes and totaled 36 points and nine rebounds but committed eight of Milwaukee's 22 turnovers.

Milwaukee is just 3-18 since splitting its first four games of the season.

"The margin of error is small with this team," Bucks head coach Larry Drew said. "I thought from a mental standpoint we wore down."

Udrih connected on a go-ahead 3-pointer with 2:49 remaining in the first overtime, and Chandler, who missed 20 games after suffering a small non- displaced fracture in his leg, was instrumental in four consecutive empty Bucks possessions to keep the Knicks on top, 94-92.

Chandler won a jump ball against Knight with 38.7 seconds to go, then grabbed what should have been a game-sealing offensive rebound off an Anthony miss. As he was falling out of bounds, the center kicked the ball back to an open Bargnani, who could have dribbled away several seconds while waiting to be fouled along the perimeter.

Instead, Bargnani fired up an ill-advised 3-point try and missed, and the Bucks were gifted with another possession with 11.3 seconds on the clock.

"I don't know if (Bargnani) thought we were down...but obviously he had something else going on in his mind at the time," Woodson said.

Chandler forced a tough up-and-under from Knight that fell off the rim, but because Chandler switched his defensive responsibility, Henson was there for the tip-in with just three-tenths of a second showing.

A Smith jumper early in the second overtime put the Knicks on top to stay, and Anthony added two successful trips to the free throw line around a back- breaking 3-pointer to send New York to a seventh straight win over the Bucks.

Milwaukee shot 2-for-8 from the field over the final five minutes.

New York led by as many as nine in the second quarter, but the Bucks ended the half on an 11-3 run to pull within a point, 45-44.

A back-and-forth third ended with the Knicks clinging to a 68-66 edge. There were a total 19 lead changes and 11 ties in the third and fourth quarters.

Both teams missed opportunities to break an 87-87 tie in the final minute of regulation. After Udrih was too strong on a baseline runner, the Bucks were short on a pair of potential game winners, as Henson and Khris Middleton missed from the left wing -- the latter's coming just before the buzzer sounded.

Game Notes

Anthony shot 9-of-29 from the field ... The Bucks outscored the Knicks at the free throw line, 25-14 ... Udrih made five of New York's 17 3-pointers ... The Bucks have lost five in a row at home ... Henson finished with 20 points and 14 rebounds and Middleton added 20 and nine in the setback.

12/19 00:55:45 ET

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2013 - 2014 Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 34 .585 --- 26-15 22-19 32-20 L 1
x-Brooklyn 44 38 .537 4 28-13 16-25 26-26 L 2
New York 37 45 .451 11 19-22 18-23 26-26 W 4
Boston 25 57 .305 23 16-25 9-32 21-31 L 2
Philadelphia 19 63 .232 29 10-31 9-32 14-38 W 2
 
Central W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Indiana 56 26 .683 --- 35-6 21-20 38-14 W 2
x-Chicago 48 34 .585 8 27-14 21-20 35-17 L 1
Cleveland 33 49 .402 23 19-22 14-27 21-31 W 1
Detroit 29 53 .354 27 17-24 12-29 23-29 L 4
Milwaukee 15 67 .183 41 10-31 5-36 12-40 L 3
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 28 .659 --- 32-9 22-19 34-18 L 3
x-Washington 44 38 .537 10 22-19 22-19 33-19 W 4
x-Charlotte 43 39 .524 11 25-16 18-23 30-22 W 3
x-Atlanta 38 44 .463 16 24-17 14-27 28-24 W 1
Orlando 23 59 .280 31 19-22 4-37 17-35 L 4
 
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y= clinched division title
2013 - 2014 Western Conference Standings
 
Northwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Oklahoma City 59 23 .720 --- 34-7 25-16 36-16 W 1
x-Portland 54 28 .659 5 31-10 23-18 31-21 W 5
Minnesota 40 42 .488 19 24-17 16-25 23-29 L 3
Denver 36 46 .439 23 22-19 14-27 20-32 L 2
Utah 25 57 .305 34 16-25 9-32 13-39 W 1
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 25 .695 --- 34-7 23-18 36-16 L 1
x-Golden State 51 31 .622 6 27-14 24-17 31-21 W 2
Phoenix 48 34 .585 9 26-15 22-19 28-24 W 1
Sacramento 28 54 .341 29 17-24 11-30 15-37 L 1
LA Lakers 27 55 .329 30 14-27 13-28 15-37 W 2
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 20 .756 --- 32-9 30-11 38-14 L 2
x-Houston 54 28 .659 8 33-8 21-20 31-21 L 1
x-Memphis 50 32 .610 12 27-14 23-18 29-23 W 5
x-Dallas 49 33 .598 13 26-15 23-18 29-23 L 1
New Orleans 34 48 .415 28 22-19 12-29 15-37 W 2
 
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Scoreboard
Local
Final
NOR 6
DUR 3
 
Final
MIA 99
CHA 88
12:05pm Today
NOR
DUR
 
Final
CLE 6
TOR 4
Final
DET 2
ANA 1
Final
NYM 4
ATL 3
Final
MIA 3
SEA 2
Final
PIT 2
MIL 3
Final
WAS 3
STL 2
Final
TAM 1
NYY 5
Final
KAN 3
MIN 8
Final
CHC 2
CIN 8
Final
TEX 2
CWS 16
Final
OAK 4
HOU 1
Final
LOS 4
ARI 1
Final
COL 9
PHI 10
Final
SDP 3
SFG 4
Final
BOS 6
BAL 5
11:05am Today
BOS
BAL
 
7:05pm Tonight
PIT
CIN
 
7:05pm Tonight
CLE
KAN
 
7:05pm Tonight
WAS
ANA
 
7:08pm Tonight
DET
CWS
 
7:10pm Tonight
ATL
MIA
 
7:10pm Tonight
NYM
STL
 
8:05pm Tonight
CHC
ARI
 
8:10pm Tonight
MIL
SDP
 
8:40pm Tonight
COL
SFG
 
10:05pm Tonight
OAK
TEX
 
10:10pm Tonight
SEA
HOU
 
10:10pm Tonight
LOS
PHI
 
Final
SAN 90
DAL 85
Final
MIA 99
CHA 88
Final
CHI 93
WAS 102
Final
HOU 120
POR 122
8:00pm Tonight
OKC
MEM
10:30pm Tonight
LAC
GSW
Final
NYR 2
PHI 4
Final
BOS 4
DET 1
Final
MON 3
TAM 2
Final
SJS 7
LOS 2
7:00pm Tonight
MIN
COL
7:00pm Tonight
CLB
PIT
8:30pm Tonight
CHI
STL
9:30pm Tonight
DAL
ANA
Final
NOR 6
DUR 3
 
12:05pm Today
NOR
DUR