Basketball

Bucks focus on Bogut's 20-20, win

NEW YORK - So this is what Andrew Bogut can do in a full game in New York.

It’s a whole lot better than what the inept Knicks did.

Bogut had 24 points and 20 rebounds for 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 night.

Limited to just 51/2 minutes at Madison Square Garden three weeks ago because of a migraine, Bogut played 36 this time and shot 12-for-15 from the field in his first 20-20 game since Dec. 13, 2008, against Indiana, according to STATS, LLC.

“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 celebrated the 40th anniversary of their 1970 NBA 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.

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