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Slick passing Bucks make light work of Knicks

LONG SHOT: New York Knicks' Jose Calderon, left, takes aim as Milwaukee Bucks' OJ Mayo attempts to block (PA)

THE NEW York Knicks were by the slick-passing Milwaukee Bucks 95-79 in a thrilling game at London's O2

The defeat extends the Knicks' losing streak to 16 games in the NBA.

The Bucks were just too quick for the side from the Big Apple.

It could have been a mauling but for the efforts of Carmelo Anthony who netted the highest points total with 25 points.

The Knicks' star managed the feat despite not being fit and carrying a knee injury, which will eventually need surgery.

The Bucks went about their business with surgical precision. OJ Mayo came off the bench and threw three consecutive three-pointers to lay down a marker in the game.

Brandon Knight was not far behind as he also contributed 20 points.

Disappointed Knicks coach Derek Fisher said: "We had a lot of concerns by the time we got to half time.

"When you get one of your key players back, others step back thinking he is going to do all the work."

AMONG THE CROWD: Unfortunately lovers of the beautiful game never saw them play together but Thierry Henry, left, and Didier Drogba were side by side while watching the Bucks win (PA)

He added: "There was some lack of effort in the first quarter. We had two guys who had not played for two weeks. They were faster than us and better than us.

"That was not good enough. We have to be better. We have to find enough of a collective to do that. We cannot be sporadic."

Victorious Bucks star Brandon Knight said: "I try to lead by example. We all work together and hold each other accountable.

"Our expectations are to make the playoffs, but we don't just want to get to the playoffs. We want to go on a run."

Mayo added: "It was a great game for our team and a great trip."

Talking about how his body held up, the top-scoring Anthony said: "I thought my body responded well.

"The two-week plan we implemented on my body paid off. The knee felt good."

Surprised at how his team capitulated at the start, he added: "Things happen over and over again. I was not expecting us to be 14-0 down at the beginning.

"It keeps happening and we are the only ones who have control over that. I cannot pinpoint what is wrong. What I can say is that we are not playing with confidence as individuals and as a team. My focus now is just to get healthy. I am trying to give them confidence. I have never been through this before."

"There is no need for us to give up as a team."

The Bucks will hope they can continue to win games when they get back home, however the Knicks are clearly in transition.

As a rookie coach, Fisher is going to take a while to get these Knicks back to where they once belonged.

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