Knicks Avoid Disaster In Season Opener vs. Bucks
Tyson Chandler’s fifth block of the game sparked a fast break lay-in that sealed the Knicks’ season opening victory over the Milwaukee Bucks, a 90-83 triumph, in a wild start to the season at MSG.
It started as a home-opening rout of the Bucks – 56-31 at halftime- but turned into a sloppily executed offensive performance in the second half for Mike Woodson’s high-hopes Knicks.
New York (1-0) saw it’s 25 point lead evaporate in the midst of 22-turnovers, including seven in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter. The Knicks actually trailed 81-80 with 2:35 to play in regulation, but it was Chandler on the boards, slamming down a missed driving layup attempt from Carmelo Anthony.
Anthony later scored on a tip-in, then nailed a jumper – four of his game high 19 points – as the Knicks closed the game on a 10-2 run.
Raymond Felton added 18 points, three assists and three steals but seemed to tweak a hamstring in the third quarter. Iman Shumpert scored 16, and Chandler added ten points and six boards. Andrea Bargnani had a lackluster six points (3-9 shooting) in his Knicks-debut.
Gary Neal lead the Bucks’ (0-1) scoring attack with 16. Caron Butler tallied 14 while Zaza Pachulia and O.J. Mayo each had 13.