NEW YORK – Brandon Jennings scored a season-high 37 points, 16 during Milwaukee’s second straight dominant start against New York, and the Bucks sent the Knicks to their fifth consecutive loss with a 102-96 victory Friday night.

Andrew Bogut added 21 points and 17 rebounds for the Bucks, who won for the third time in four games and pulled within two games of Indiana for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Less than a week after building a 32-9 lead over New York after one, Milwaukee led by as much as 16 in the first period of this one, beating the Knicks for the ninth time in the last 11 meetings and winning the series for the third straight season.

Amare Stoudemire scored 28 for the Knicks, losers of 8 of 9 and 7-11 since acquiring Carmelo Anthony, who finished with 25.

New York (35-37) should still make the postseason but sure isn’t looking like a playoff team. The Knicks were held below 100 points for the fifth straight game and were booed multiple times.

Milwaukee held New York to a season-low nine points on 4 of 25 shooting in the first quarter of its 100-95 victory Sunday and jumped on the Knicks early again Friday.

Jennings and Carlos Delfino opened the game with 3-pointers, and Bogut blocked shots by Stoudemire and Anthony on New York’s first two possessions. The boos were already out when Jennings’ second straight basket made it 16-4 less than five minutes in, and the Bucks took a 35-24 advantage into the second.

The Knicks spent the rest of the game trying to catch up and got within three points on Stoudemire’s two free throws with 7:15 to play.

As the Knicks struggle to deal with the expectations created by the Anthony trade and a schedule of 18 games this month, Coach Mike D’Antoni said before the game that “emotionally the team’s a little spent.” He said he needed to find a way to lessen Stoudemire’s minutes, two nights after his All-Star forward said he was a little tired after a loss to Orlando.

The Knicks then came out flat, letting Milwaukee shoot 51 percent from the field and 9 of 18 from 3-point range.


MAGIC 95, NETS 85: Dwight Howard had 21 points and 14 rebounds, and Hedo Turkoglu added 20 points and 13 assists to help the host Magic hold off the Nets.

Orlando won its fifth straight game and completed a 4-0 season sweep of New Jersey. The Magic have also won 14 of their last 17 meetings overall against the Nets.


KINGS 110, PACERS 93: DeMarcus Cousins had 18 points and 14 rebounds to help Sacramento win in Indianapolis.

Samuel Dalembert had 16 points and 10 rebounds, Francisco Garcia scored 16 points, and Marcus Thornton added 15 points and nine rebounds for the Kings, who have won four of their last seven.


HEAT 111, 76ERS 99: In Miami, Dwyane Wade scored 39 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, LeBron James finished with 32 points and 10 rebounds of his own, and the Heat went on two huge scoring runs. Chris Bosh added 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Heat, who went on a 23-2 run in the second quarter to erase what was a 16-point deficit, then put it away with a 24-5 burst in the fourth.


CAVALIERS 97, PISTONS 91: In Cleveland, J.J. Hickson scored 24 points and Baron Davis hit a critical 3-pointer with 9.9 seconds remaining, leading the Cavaliers to a win over the Pistons.


THUNDER 111, TIMBERWOLVES 103: Kevin Durant scored 23 points, and Russell Westbrook added 19 points while matching a season high with five steals for the host Thunder.


BULLS 99, GRIZZLIES 96: In Chicago, Derrick Rose scored Chicago’s last seven points, including an acrobatic layup that led to a crucial three-point play, and the Bulls beat the Grizzlies.