NEW YORK -- Knicks coach Mike Woodson wants to know why his team waits until the second half to lock down on defence. If his players would simply start off that strong, winning could be so much easier. Carmelo Anthony scored 25 points, Amare Stoudemire had 17 points and seven rebounds off the bench, and New York extended its winning streak to three games with a 96-86 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night. After Monta Ellis gave the Bucks a 12-point lead, their largest of the night, on a turnaround jumper in the opening minutes of the third quarter, the Knicks got stingy on defence. They chipped away at Milwaukees lead and went ahead for good late in the period. "I wish I could explain," Woodson said. "If we played like we did in the third and the fourth quarter, we would have won this thing going away." After a strong showing to close the third quarter, the Knicks defence kept it up, keeping the Bucks scoreless for almost 5 minutes to begin the final quarter before Brandon Jennings made a layup. Milwaukee shot 20 for 42 in the first half and 6 of 13 on 3-pointers for a 53-47 lead, but withered in the second half. The Bucks hit just 13 of 41 shots and were limited to 13 points in the fourth quarter. "Youve got to give Milwaukee credit, too. Theyre 8-4 with their coach," Woodson said. "Theyve beat some good teams on the road and they came in here and played a good first half. But I thought our third- and fourth-quarter defence kicked in and secured the win for us." The Knicks will need similar defensive efforts if they plan to make a deep playoff run this season. "I think overall over the past six or seven games we have been playing pretty good defence," said Anthony, who has scored 20 or more points in a career-best 31 straight games, extending the single-season franchise record. "The first quarter, we still have to work on that and figure that out. But for the most part, for the whole course of the game, weve been holding the teams to a low percentage shooting-wise. Well take that on any given night. Offensively were going to miss shots, theyre going to make shots, but if we can buckle down and do what weve been doing these last couple of weeks, well be fine." J.R. Smith had 17 points and Tyson Chandler pulled down 20 rebounds in New Yorks fourth straight win over Milwaukee. "Youve got to have that type of effort for 48 minutes," Stoudemire said. Ersan Ilyasova led the Bucks with 19 points and seven rebounds. Monta Ellis added 16 points and Jennings scored 14. Ellis and Jennings combined to make eight of 23 shots in the second half. "We were just missing shots. Theyre not a great defensive team," Jennings said. "They do more switching but I think that made us hesitant a little bit. We were just missing point-blank shots." The Knicks trailed for the majority of the game until late in the third quarter when they stormed back. With 4:02 remaining in the period, New York was down 70-63 after a turnaround jumper by Ellis. But the Knicks went on an 8-0 run as Anthony hit a 3-pointer and Raymond Felton connected on an alley-oop with Chandler, who finished with nine points. Smith then hit a 3-pointer to make it 71-70 with 2:04 left. Ilyasova drove to the basket and was fouled by Chandler before making a free throw that tied it at 71. Samuel Dalembert briefly gave the Bucks a 73-71 lead with a tip-in after Ilyasova stole the ball from Anthony. But the Knicks answered right back. Anthony scored on a drive and was fouled, converting a three-point play that put New York ahead for good with 42.5 seconds left in the third. "For us offensively, we just kind of hit a wall there. We couldnt score enough points," Bucks coach Jim Boylan said. "We were searching for offence pretty much the whole second half. We only had 20 points in the third quarter and weve been a pretty good third-quarter team coming out of the locker room. But tonight for whatever reason, we just didnt have enough." The Knicks opened the fourth quarter with another run. Stoudemire made a pair of free throws and a hook shot in the lane to give the Knicks a 78-73 lead before Milwaukee called a timeout after Pablo Prigioni drew a charge on Mike Dunleavy with 9:35 left. Milwaukee missed its first five shots and turned the ball over twice before Jennings layup made it 78-75. The Knicks then went on an 8-2 run and never looked back. Iman Shumpert scored on a layup and Chandler followed with a dunk to make it 82-75. Marquis Daniels answered with a layup for Milwaukee but Shumpert made another basket and Felton followed with a 3-pointer to make it 87-77 before the Bucks called timeout with 4:58 to go. "Weve got to get after guys from the start to finish," Stoudemire said. 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The Bruins, who had 11 goals entering the game, rebounded from the 4-1 loss to the Hurricanes on Tuesday night. Rich Peverleys goal with 9:01 left had cut Carolinas lead to 2-1 before Boston lost its momentum by taking several ill-advised penalties. Coach Claude Julien shook up his lines and the move paid off as the Bruins outshot the Maple Leafs 43-28. "It was a good thing because no one really had too much chemistry," Seguin said. "Tonight everyone kind of just focused on (his own) game and what they have to do in taking accountability and I think thats why we were successful." The Bruins won for the second time in five games and had two power-play goals for just the second time in 41 regular-season games. The Maple Leafs, playing their first road game of the season, had a predictable letdown from their last game, a 4-3 shootout win over the Winnipeg Jets on Wednesday night. "When they scored (their) first goal the air went out of the balloon," Toronto coach Ron Wilson said. "We just didnt have our legs." David Steckel gave Toronto (4-1-1) the lead 7:29 into the game before the Bruins (3-4) scored three times in less than eight minutes to take a 3-1 lead after the first period. Nathan Horton and Chara scored on power plays and Chris Kelly connected with 2:11 left in the period. Lucic, Patrice Bergeron and Seguin scored in the third. Torontos Mikhail Grabovski finished the scoring Phil Kesssel, a former Bruin, entered with NHL-leading totals of seven goals and 12 points but was held scoreless for the first time in 16 regular-season games.dddddddddddd Seguin was taken with the second pick of last years draft obtained in the trade for Kessel. Steckel started the scoring with his first goal of the season on a 30-foot shot from the slot that deflected off the left leg of goalie Tim Thomas as he lay on his back. Barely three minutes later, at 10:32 of the first period, the Bruins tied it on Hortons second goal after backup goalie Jonas Gustavsson, playing for the first time this season, stopped Charas 50-foot shot but left the rebound for Horton to put in the net on a power play. "We know they were going to come out hard so I was prepared for a lot of shots," Gustavsson said. Chara scored his first goal on another power play, at 16:05, on a pass from the blue line from defenceman Andrew Ference, who tied his career high with three assists. Less than two minutes later, at 17:49, Ference assisted on Kellys second goal, starting the play with a pass to Lucic, who skated up the left side and across the goal line. He then passed it in front of the net where it bounced before Kelly lifted a backhander over Gustavsson. Toronto had the best scoring chance of the second period when Grabovski, coming out of the penalty box, got the puck at the red line and broke in alone. But Thomas made the save at 8:43. "I didnt bang my stick to give my (defencemen) any warning so I kind of helped cause the breakaway," Thomas said, "so I had extra motivation to stop that breakaway." The Bruins made it 4-1 at 2:08 of the third period when Seguin passed from the right circle across the slot to Lucic, who shot into the open side of the net for his first goal. Patrice Bergeron got his first goal and Seguin scored his second before Grabovski beat Thomas at 12:33 of the third period. Notes: The Bruins were 2 for 24 on the power play before Thursday. ... C David Krejci returned after missing four games with what the Bruins called a core injury. ... Thomas broke a four-game losing streak against Toronto. ... Dion Phaneuf got his sixth assist for Toronto. ' ' '