With the playoffs quickly approaching, Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks are looking like a force to be reckoned with.
The slumping Milwaukee Bucks, in contrast, appear to be falling apart at a less than opportune time.
Enjoying their longest winning streak in 19 seasons, the Knicks try for a three-game season sweep of the visiting Bucks on Friday night.
One night after scoring a career high-tying 50 points in a 102-90 win at Miami, Anthony had 40 as New York (48-26) posted its 10th consecutive victory, 95-82 at Atlanta on Wednesday.
"The rhythm was there and I wanted to see if I still had it going," said Anthony, who has shot 35 for 53 (66.0 percent) over the last two games. "It was just one of those nights once again."
With most of the defensive attention focused on Anthony, J.R. Smith made 8 of 15 shots and finished with 19 points off the bench. Raymond Felton added 14.
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