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Record: 29-43
Maurice Taylor goes after a rebound (AP Photo)
Maurice Taylor goes after a rebound (AP Photo)
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Mo Williams made four free throws and Desmond Mason added another in the final 16 seconds to help the Milwaukee Bucks hold on to beat the New York Knicks 106-102 Sunday and snap their eight-game losing streak.

Michael Redd had 32 points to lead the Bucks. Tim Thomas paced the Knicks with 23 points and hit two 3-pointers down the stretch to keep the Knicks in the game, but it wasn't enough as they lost their sixth straight. Maurice Taylor, who had just two points in the previous two games, added 18 points and Stephon Marbury had 15.

Mason had 20 points, Williams 18 and Marcus Fizer 14.

The Knicks dropped their seventh in the last 11 games to Milwaukee.

Redd helped the Bucks maintain their lead early in the fourth quarter. His two free throws and jumper made it 92-79 with 6:34 to play.

The Knicks fought back with a 12-2 run as Taylor converted a three-point play with 1:44 to go, and Kurt Thomas added two free throws and a basket to help the Knicks get to 97-91 with 1:04 left.

Redd made two free throws, but Thomas hit a 3-pointer from the corner and Marbury put in a layup to bring the Kicks to 99-96 with 28.8 second remaining.

After a timeout, Fizer was fouled and made two free throws with 28.1 seconds left, giving the Bucks a 101-96 margin.

Jamal Crawford hit a 3-pointer for New York, but Williams made four free throws to keep Milwaukee up 105-99 with 10 seconds left. Thomas hit another 3, but Mason made one free throw for the final margin.

The game was tied at 54 at halftime, but Milwaukee went up by nine points several times in the third quarter. Williams hit two 3s and a basket, and Redd and Mason each scored six to give the Bucks an 82-73 lead going into the final quarter.

Tim Thomas, traded by Milwaukee as part of a three-team deal with New York on Feb. 14, 2004, was booed before each of his free throws. It was his second trip back to the Bradley Center. ... The Bucks (2-1) took the series after they split the first two games at Madison Squared Garden.

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