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Bucks overwhelm Knicks

Associated Press / February 23, 2010

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Andrew Bogut had 24 points and 20 rebounds in his third career 20-20 game, and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Knicks, 83-67, last night in New York for their third straight victory.

Limited to just 5 1/2 minutes at Madison Square Garden three weeks ago because of a migraine, Bogut played 36 this time and overwhelmed the Knicks’ smaller front line. He shot 12 of 15 from the field in his first 20-20 game since Dec. 13, 2008, against Indiana, according to STATS, LLC.

John Salmons scored 15 points for the Bucks, who forced the Knicks into their worst offensive performance of the season and completed a three-game sweep of the series.

Tracy McGrady scored 15 points in his second game with the Knicks, but shot only 5 of 14. He wasn’t alone in struggling, as the team hit just 33.8 percent from the field in its season-high seventh straight loss.

Wizards 101, Bulls 95 - Andray Blatche scored 25 points and had 11 rebounds to lead host Washington over Chicago.

Blatche, averaging 25 points in the four games since the trades of Antawn Jamison and Caron Butler, helped Washington to its first three-game home winning streak since April 4-12, 2008. He also made all nine of his free throws.

Washington is 3-1 since the trades, and the Wizards ended Chicago’s four-game winning streak.

Early in the third quarter, the Wizards scored 14 straight to take a 62-58 lead, holding Chicago scoreless for 6 minutes, 10 seconds.

Mavericks 91, Pacers 82 - In Dallas, Brendan Haywood tied a career high with 20 rebounds and the Mavericks improved to 4-0 with him as their starting center in a victory against Indiana.

Haywood, who came over from Washington in a Feb. 13 trade, scored 13 points and added three blocks to anchor a defense that was springing leaks before he arrived. The Mavericks have held all five opponents since the trade to less than 100 points after the previous eight broke that mark.

Haywood is starting in place of Erick Dampier, who dislocated a finger in the first game with his new backup.

Dirk Nowitzki led Dallas with 23 points.

T.J. Ford led the Pacers with 14 points.

Hawks 105, Jazz 100 - Joe Johnson scored 28 points and Josh Smith added 18 as Atlanta won in Utah for the first time in 17 years.

Johnson scored 11 points in the fourth quarter, including a 3-pointer with 2:28 left that gave the Hawks a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.

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