On a night the New York Knicks celebrated their 1970 NBA championship team, it was Andrew Bogut who stole the show.
Bogut had 24 points and 20 rebounds in his third career 20-20 game, and the Milwaukee Bucks forced the Knicks into their worst offensive performance in more than two years in an 83-67 victory Monday.
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.
"Obviously they want to get the ball up and down and push it, they're very small," Bogut said. "So, obviously that's an advantage for me on the offensive end."
Bogut had only two fewer points in the game than the Knicks managed in a woeful second half. New York hadn't scored fewer points since a 104-59 nationally televised embarrassment in Boston on Nov. 29, 2007.
The Knicks looked promising Saturday night in their first game since acquiring Tracy McGrady as the centrepiece of their two trade deadline moves.
"I don't want to make too many excuses, but obviously we weren't familiar with what we're doing and with each other," Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni said. "The first night, we ran on a lot of adrenaline and kind of got us through.
"I just thought we just didn't really have a lot of pop down there. The ball didn't really move and stopped. Guys were hesitating. They seemed lost."
Elsewhere in the NBA it was: Washington 101 Chicago 95; Dallas 91 Indiana 82; Atlanta 105 Utah 100; and L.A. Clippers 98 Charlotte 94.
At New York, the Knicks celebrated their 1970 championship team at halftime.
Willis Reed came out last, just as he did in returning from injury to help New York beat the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 7.
"The memories abound and astound," Hall of Fame guard Walt Frazier told the crowd.
But that was pretty much all Knicks fan had to cheer about Monday. To make matters worse, McGrady said he banged knees a couple of times and wasn't sure he would play Tuesday in Boston.
This was only his eighth game this season after returning from knee surgery.
"Hopefully it's not sore tomorrow," he said. "I may lace them up and play tomorrow, but we'll see."
John Salmons scored 15 points for the Bucks, who outrebounded the Knicks 61-35, won their third straight game and completed a three-game sweep of the series.
McGrady scored 15 points, but shot only 5-of-14. He wasn't alone in struggling, as the team hit just 33.8 per cent from the field in its season-high seventh straight loss.
Newcomer Sergio Rodriguez replaced Chris Duhon in the lineup, but Duhon couldn't have done any worse than the Spanish point guard, who had four points and one assist and shot 2-for-8 in 30 minutes. He did have a career-high eight steals but the Knicks didn't do much with them, finishing with just 10 assists.
David Lee had 12 points and 13 rebounds, but he was the only Knick who could shoot. Newcomer Eddie House was 4-of-16 and Danilo Gallinari was 2-of-8.
"I think if we would have shot the ball like we shot the ball the other night, we give ourselves a chance," McGrady said. "Tonight we just couldn't make no shots. That's a very, very good defensive team and it showed, we only scored 67 points. We're still growing as a team. We're learning on the fly."
Wizards 101 Bulls 95
At Washington, Andray Blatche scored 25 points and had 11 rebounds to lead the Wizards 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 more than six minutes.
Mavericks 91 Pacers 82
At Dallas, Brendan Haywood tied a career high with 20 rebounds and the Mavericks improved to 4-0 with him as their starting centre in a victory over Indiana.
Haywood, who came over from Washington in a Feb. 13 trade, scored 13 points and added three blocks to anchor a defence that was struggling. 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.
Hawks 105 Jazz 100
At Salt Lake City, Joe Johnson scored 28 points and Josh Smith added 18 as Atlanta won in Utah for the first time in 17 years, beating the short-handed Jazz.
Johnson scored 11 points in the fourth quarter, including a three-pointer with 2:28 left that gave the Hawks a lead they wouldn't relinquish.
Jamal Crawford, who had 17 points, followed Johnson's long shot with a steal and two free throws and the Jazz lost for just the third time in 20 games.
Playing without Deron Williams and Andrei Kirilenko, the Jazz stayed close until the final minute, but allowed the Hawks to shoot 54 per cent.
Clippers 98 Bobcats 94
At Los Angeles, Rasual Butler scored 20 points and Chris Kaman had 18 points and 13 rebounds in the Clippers' 98-94 victory over Charlotte.
The Clippers, coming off a 99-89 win over Sacramento on Saturday improved to 2-5 under interim coach Kim Hughes.
Baron Davis was back in uniform for Los Angeles, getting 10 points and 10 assists after missing two games because of a sore lower back. Drew Gooden and Travis Outlaw both made their debuts for the Clippers after joining them in separate trades with Washington and Houston before last Thursday's deadline.