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Ilyasova scores 26, Bucks beat Knicks 119-114

By Chris Jenkins

Associated Press

Published: Friday, March 9 2012 9:10 p.m. MST

New York Knicks' Jeremy Lin, cente,r shoots between Milwaukee Bucks' Shaun Livingston, left, and Larry Sanders during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 9, 2012, in Milwaukee.

Morry Gash, Associated Press

MILWAUKEE — Ersan Ilyasova scored 26 points, including a critical putback in the final minute, and the Milwaukee Bucks held on for a 119-114 victory over the New York Knicks on Friday.

Brandon Jennings and Mike Dunleavy added 25 points each for the Bucks, who were coming off a last-second loss at home to Chicago on Wednesday.

Amar'e Stoudemire had 27 points and 11 rebounds for the Knicks, who have lost four straight and seven of their past 10. Carmelo Anthony had 22 points, while Jeremy Lin had 20 points and 13 assists, with four steals and five turnovers.

The game had some significance to the Eastern Conference playoff picture. The Knicks came into the game holding on to the No. 8 playoff spot in the East, with the Bucks three games behind. Milwaukee's win cuts the deficit to two.

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