Oct 28, 2015; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Knicks guardJerian Grant
(13) dives for the loose ball during the fourth quarter against the New York Knicks at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
2. The Turnover Battle
The New York Knicks have done an excellent job of turning defense into offense in 2015-16. New York is No. 9 in steals per game and is tied for No. 10 in points created via turnovers, per NBA.com.
In the first game against the Milwaukee Bucks, New York won via its uncanny ability to force turnovers.
Led by Sasha Vujacic and Jerian Grant, the Knicks forced the Bucks to commit 18 turnovers. 11 of the 18 wasted possessions were steals, including four by Vujacic and three by Grant.
New York turned those mistakes into 25 points.
The key to the victory was bigger than just forcing turnovers; it was playing responsibly and limiting them on offense. Not only did New York shoot 45.2 percent from the field and 39.1 percent from 3-point range, but it committed just 11 turnovers.
With just 14 points allowed off of turnovers, New York created the blueprint for what it’ll take to defeat Milwaukee a second time.
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