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Third Quarter Leads Bucks Over Knicks

Third quarters have caused the undoing of the Milwaukee Bucks this season but on Saturday night the third quarter provided the catalyst to a much needed 106-91 Bucks win over the New York Knicks at the Bradley Center. The Bucks put together one of their most complete and well balanced offensive performances of the season as well as one of their best third quarter performances of the season. The Bucks opened the third quarter on a 21-4 run to put a strangle hold on the game. The Knicks starters grew frustrated with the officials during the Bucks decisive run and were called for a couple technical fouls before they were all taken out of the game in the middle of the third quarter.2015_2016_welcome_to_mke_greg_monroe_1200x600

Greg Monroe set the tone for the Bucks offense from the paint with a wide variety of post moves. Monroe recorded his tenth double-double of the season by contributing 18 points and 14 rebounds. He also hit several nice mid-range shots from the elbow.

Beyond Monroe the starting line-up set the tone for the game. Four of the five Bucks starters scored in double figures and all five starters posted a positive plus minus of positive ten.

OJ Mayo slid over from his normal two guard position to handle the point guard duties as Bucks Coach Jason Kidd decided to leave Michael Carter Williams on the bench. The decision proved to be a good one for both players as Mayo scored 17 points, three rebounds and five assists and only one turnover. He was acting as the starting point guard for the night because all other point guards other than Carter Williams were injured and missed the game.

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Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Jabari Parker played a season high 36 minutes. He continues to gain in the areas of quickness and athleticism. He had 17 points and seven rebounds towards the Bucks effort.

Michael Carter Williams also delivered one of his better games of the season. He continually caused the Knicks defense problems with his quickness to get past defenders. His penetration ability created several easy scores for himself or his teammates as a result of his passing. He hit 9 of 16 shots for 20 points. He also had five assists and only two turnovers.

This is a very solid effort for the Bucks and hopefully a game they can build off. There were many positives for the Bucks to take from this game. Many solid contributions from many people on the roster. Parker continues to improve from his ACL injury as his minutes are increased with each game. Possibly the most encouraging thing in this game for the Bucks is the performance of Carter Williams. He made good decisions and caused the Knicks a lot of problems with his penetration. The Bucks have now taken two of the first three game in the season series with the Knicks.

The Bucks will remain home to host the Trailblazers on Monday night.

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