With the real NBA season (finally) set to begin on Christmas Day, BeatKnicks is proud to present a simulation of the Knicks’ original 2011-12 schedule leading up to Dec. 25. All results come courtesy of NBA 2K12. Friday night, the Knicks conclude their homestand against Brandon Jennings and the Milwaukee Bucks.
Fresh off of a rather convincing win versus Orlando, the Knickerbockers capped off their three-game homestand with a 116-108 victory against the Bucks. It was more of a battle than most expected, as Milwaukee jumped out to a 56-52 halftime lead thanks to a 2nd-quarter surge. However, New York battled back with an even stronger 2nd half effort that helped put the game away. Seven Knicks scored in double figures, led by Amare Stoudemire’s 28. Chris Andersen was a menace down low with 14 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks. Solid bench play from Kurt Thomas (14 points in 14 minutes), Bill Walker (11 points) and Andy Rautins (two huge 4th-quarter threes) helped put the game away. Chris Douglas-Roberts led the way for Milwaukee with 17 points. Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and Larry Sanders were problems for the Knicks in the post, combining for 24 points and 24 rebounds. Jennings had a rough night, mustering up just 12 points on 6-19 shooting.
With the win, the Knicks’ winning streak reaches three games and they keep pace with the Celtics. Next stop is Toronto on Sunday. Will the winning ways continue north of the border? You know the deal … stay tuned to BeatKnicks to find out!