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Knicks beat Bucks for longest winning streak of season

Tim Hardaway Jr. of the Knicks reacts after

Tim Hardaway Jr. of the Knicks reacts after a basket in the first half against the Milwaukee Bucks at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, March 15, 2014. Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

Knicks 115, Bucks 94: Carmelo Anthony led five players in double figures with 23 points as host New York extended its winning streak to a season-long six games.

Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 20 points off the bench and both J.R. Smith and Amar'e Stoudemire tallied 15 for the Knicks, whose average margin of victory during the surge is 17.8 points. Iman Shumpert rounded out the double-digit scorers with 14 points as New York extended its home winning streak against Milwaukee to five games.

Nate Wolters led the Bucks with 15 points while Brandon Knight - who hit a last-second 3-pointer to defeat the Knicks in the previous meeting last month - had 14. Ramon Sessions also contributed 14 in a reserve role for Milwaukee, which finished off an 0-3 road trip.

New York's lead was eight early in the second before Hardaway drove for a layup to spark a 12-2 run, which he capped with a 3-pointer to make it 49-31. Smith had a putback late in the quarter to help the Knicks gain a 60-42 halftime advantage, as the hosts shot 56.4 percent from the floor and made all 11 of their free throws in the first half.

Smith's 3-pointer in the early moments of the third quarter pushed the margin to 65-42, finishing a 9-0 surge that bridged the halves. The lead ballooned to 25 on several occasions down the stretch as the Knicks coasted, finishing off their sixth straight game with at least 107 points.


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