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Over Early in Milwaukee

Could there have been a more fitting end to the first quarter of last night's Knicks-Bucks game? At the end of a quarter in which Milwaukee had separate runs of 10-0 and 12-0 (and at the end of a quarter in which it seemed like the Knicks bit on every Bucks head fake), Raymond Felton rushed his shot at the buzzer, thanks to an intentionally premature countdown from Milwaukee's Squad 6 cheering section — the kind that tends to only work against lesser high-school teams.

Milwaukee would lead 41-19 after that quarter, and they'd coast from there to a 107-80 win. Leading the Bucks: Brandon "What Could Have Been" Jennings, who scored nineteen points. Meanwhile, Amar'e Stoudemire accused Andrew Bogut — who scored ten points on 5-5 shooting — of intentionally elbowing him, "possibly" (in Stoudemire's words) as payback for Stoudemire's role in Bogut's breaking his wrist and elbow against Phoenix last year.

In any case, the Knicks' small number of highlight-reel plays (like Bill Walker posterizing Bogut) couldn't make up for 37.8 percent shooting, including a particularly rough night for Danilo Gallinari, who shot just 1-6, scoring five points. Next up: a meeting at the Garden tonight with Golden State. The David Lee video tribute is already cued up.

Photo: Morry Gash/AP