(MILWAUKEE) — The New York Knicks called Wednesday nights game against the Bucks a must-win game. They can thank J.R. Smith for their 111-107 win over Milwaukee, after his three-pointer with 1:04 left in the game that gave New York (30-28) a 108-107 lead for good.
The defense also shut down the Bucks (28-30) in the final minute, followed by clutch free throws from Steve Novak with his family in the building.
“If you are going to shoot the ball, make it — and he did,” said Carmelo Anthony, who added 32 points in the victory. “(Smith) shot with confidence, he made it and put us up one and we were gone from there.”
The win gave the Knicks a two-game edge in the final spot in the Eastern Conference over Milwaukee.
“Obviously, now, we need a little help,” Bucks head coach Scott Skiles said. “We need to win, and we need a little help.”
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Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire
Jill Martin, CNN