It was declared a demolition of basketball and the 8th seed in the Eastern Conference by Mr. Ken Berger, and he was right. But it was also a big, ugly win for the New York Knicks as they pushed Milwaukee further back from that coveted final playoff spot and crept ever closer to the division lead held by the Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers.
At times, baskets were a rarity and secure possession of the ball was limited, but despite New York's attempts to give the Bucks chances to get back into the game, the Knicks' defense was unrelenting and forced Milwaukee's top guns - Brandon Jennings, Monta Ellis, Ersan Ilyasova, and Drew Gooden - into horrific shooting nights. Meanwhile, Carmelo Anthony kept his team afloat with a slew of free throws and guys like J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert all came up with big baskets down the stretch.
Sans Jeremy Lin and Amar'e Stoudemire (following devastating news of the MRI results on his back), the Knicks offense was putrid, but their defense continues to inch closer to elite with each game. And while these weren't the results we'd have expected from our Knicks, their defense may just be good enough to win them enough games to secure a playoff spot, regardless of what seed it is.
More extensive recap tomorrow. Yo estoy muy, muy ocupado! Si, yo tengo un examen in Espanol manana. Buenos noches, amigos!