Knicks fall again
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New York vs Milwaukee
80 - 97
Record: 22-57
David Lee scored 10 pts and had 4 rebounds (AP Photo)
David Lee scored 10 pts and had 4 rebounds (AP Photo)
NEW YORK (AP) - The Knicks wanted to get a win for Larry Brown. The Bucks knew they couldn't let that happen.

One night after watching their coach leave the arena on a stretcher, New York's players were thinking about more than the game in their 97-80 loss to Milwaukee on Friday night.

"Basketball is not life, it's a job," forward Maurice Taylor said. "It puts everything in perspective when you see something like that."

Michael Redd scored 18 of his 23 points in the first half, then Milwaukee blew open the game in the third quarter. In a tight playoff race in the Eastern Conference, the Bucks don't have room to lose any focus.

"We knew we had to come out here and take care of business," Bucks guard T.J. Ford said. "We knew the situation tonight with the Knicks. They have a lot of talent, they are a lot better than what their record shows. I'm glad we were just able to come out and be aggressive. We were able to put the game out of reach in the third quarter."

Brown missed his first game of the season after he was hospitalized in Cleveland on Thursday night with a stomach ailment. He returned to New York on Friday, but assistant coach Herb Williams led the team.

"It would have been nice to get this win for both him and for Herb," Knicks center Eddy Curry said. "But for whatever reason we just didn't have it tonight - like a lot of other nights."

Ford had 14 points and 10 assists for the Bucks, who are tied with Indiana and Washington for fifth place in the East. Bobby Simmons had 15 points and 11 rebounds.

Milwaukee led by 33 points in the fourth quarter and snapped a six-game road losing streak. Joe Smith scored 11 points and Andrew Bogut contributed 10.

Taylor scored 22 points for New York, which had 17 turnovers that led to 28 points and lost its third straight. Curry had 13 points, but Jamal Crawford , the reigning Eastern Conference player of the week, had only six on 2-for-12 shooting.

Brown became ill during the third quarter of the Knicks' 91-87 loss to the Cavaliers. It is not known if the 65-year-old coach, who was also hospitalized in February, will coach in New York's final three games.

"Basketball is a minute part of his life," Knicks guard Steve Francis said. "Now is a crucial time. Hopefully he will be healthy."

The Bucks led by eight points at halftime, then shot 70 percent (14-of-20) and outscored the Knicks 32-14 in the third quarter. Ford got the Bucks off to a quick start, converting a three-point play and then a jump shot to give the Bucks a 56-43 lead.

Redd had his only points of the second half at the end of a 16-3 burst to open the quarter. He made a 3-pointer, then came up with a steal and dunk to make it 67-46 with 6:27 left in the period.

"I was really proud of the way we came out both halves," Bucks coach Terry Stotts said. "Offensively we were good, but I think what we did at the defensive end contributed to our offense. T.J. did a good job pushing."

The lead grew to 83-57 at the end of the quarter. The Knicks were only 5-of-15 (33 percent) and committed nine turnovers in the period.

"We did a pretty good job in the first half," Williams said. "But then in the third quarter we came out and had no energy. We didn't move the ball and we turned it over too much. We fell back into what we were doing before."

Redd scored 12 points in the first quarter, when Milwaukee led by as many as 14 points. He was 7-of-11 for 18 points in the first half, which ended with the Bucks ahead 51-43.

The Bucks evened the all-time series at 83 wins. ... Florida coach Billy Donovan was at the game. The coach of the national champion Gators played one season for the Knicks under Rick Pitino. ... Ime Udoka , who last week became the Knicks' first call-up from the D-League, made his first field goal of the season with a tip-in late in the first half. He finished with eight points.

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