Carmelo Anthony scored 32 points and had 10 rebounds as the New York Knicks beat the Milwaukee Bucks 111-107 to boost their chances of reaching the National Basketball Association playoffs.
The Knicks improved to 30-28, two games ahead of the Bucks (28-30) in the race for the eighth and final postseason berth in the Eastern Conference. New York’s win gives it a split of its four regular-season games against the Bucks. The Knicks are a game behind the Philadelphia 76ers, who are seventh in the standings after a 93-75 win at the Toronto Raptors last night.
Tyson Chandler had 19 points and 11 rebounds, and Iman Shumpert contributed 16 points last night for the Knicks, who are playing without the injured Amar’e Stoudemire and Jeremy Lin. Monta Ellis led the Bucks with 35 points and 10 assists, while Brandon Jennings scored 22 points.
New York, which has won seven of its past 10 games, has eight games remaining in the regular season, which ends April 26.
The Knicks return to Madison Square Garden for their next three games, against the Washington Wizards, Miami Heat and Boston Celtics.
Milwaukee’s next three games are against the Detroit Pistons and Wizards on the road, and at home against the Indiana Pacers.