Knicks outlast Bucks 107-101 in double OT

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 18, 2013 at 11:24 pm •  Published: December 18, 2013

MILWAUKEE (AP) — As conditioning tests go, this might have been a little bit more than Tyson Chandler was expecting in his first game back.

A double-overtime victory made the extra effort worthwhile.

Chandler played 36-plus minutes in his return from injury, J.R. Smith hit a go-ahead jumper in the second overtime and the New York Knicks beat the Milwaukee Bucks 107-101 on Wednesday night.

Chandler cramped up at the end of the game, earning him an apology of sorts from Knicks coach Mike Woodson.

"It's a sign of not being out on the floor and running," Woodson said. "I apologized to him — but hell, I needed him."

Chandler didn't mind at all.

"I was willing to do whatever it took to get a win," Chandler said. "I told coach, don't put me on a minute restriction. Whatever you feel like you need or whenever you need me out there, just keep me out there."

Carmelo Anthony scored 29 points and Beno Udrih added a season-high 21 for the Knicks. Smith had 19 points.

Anthony had the biggest workload of all, playing 55-plus minutes.

"We were right there and it kept going back-and-forth so we needed everybody to step up," Woodson said. "I just didn't have time to rest him. That's how it's probably going to have to be for right now."

Chandler, who had been out since Nov. 5 with a non-displaced fracture of his right fibula, had nine points and nine rebounds.

"Tyson came back strong," Anthony said. "Just his presence out there. His awareness out there on the court, how to be aggressive, knowing when to be aggressive, when not to — his comeback was big for us."

Brandon Knight scored a career-high 36 for the Bucks, who have lost four straight. John Henson had 20 points and 14 rebounds while Khris Middleton added 20 points.

Bucks coach Larry Drew praised Knight's scoring ability, but noted that he only had three assists — and the Bucks only had 13 as a team.

"We're going to have to be better, and he's going to have to be better, at distributing the basketball," Drew said.

Simply getting through a double-overtime game was a challenge for Drew, who had only eight healthy players.

"It's challenging," Drew said. "I know a couple of our guys were gasping for air over there. But it certainly is an opportunity to see what they're made of."

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