NEW YORK – Reserve Dan Gadzuric scored a season-high 18 points, and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the New York Knicks 112-92 for their third straight victory.

Michael Redd finished with 31 points to lead Milwaukee, which has won six of seven and improved to 10-1 against Eastern Conference teams. Maurice Williams added 15.

Rookie Channing Frye scored a career-high 30 points for the Knicks, who dropped their third straight. Nate Robinson and Eddy Curry each had 15.

Frye dominated his matchup with fellow lottery pick Andrew Bogut – but that may have backfired for the Knicks because it meant more playing time for Gadzuric. He scored 12 points during the decisive second quarter, then came back off the bench late in the third period to make three field goals after New York had pulled within single digits.

Gadzuric entered averaging five points in just over 12 minutes per game. He fell shy of his career high of 22 points, set last April against Boston.

Quentin Richardson rejoined the Knicks, a week after leaving the team following the shooting death of his brother in Chicago. He started and scored five points.

Both teams shot better than 53 percent, but Milwaukee got big contributions from its bench players to break open what was a tie game after the first quarter. Toni Kukoc added 10 points in a reserve role.

Milwaukee was ahead by one before Gadzuric and another reserve, Charlie Bell, combined for 11 points in a 16-2 run that extended the Bucks’ lead to 53-38 on Redd’s 3-pointer with 4:14 left in the half. Bell was hurt during the spurt when teammate Jiri Welsch crashed into him while trying to make a steal, and he was helped to the locker room with a sprained right knee.

Milwaukee shot 67 percent in the quarter to build a 61-49 halftime lead. The Knicks were within eight points with a little more than a minute left in the third, but Gadzuric had a dunk and a layup off an alley-oop to put the Bucks ahead 87-75 entering the final period.

The Bucks didn’t even need a big game from Bogut, the No. 1 overall pick in the draft who finished with just four points and five rebounds. He played only 24 minutes, while Frye shot 14-of-18 in 41 minutes.

Notes: Richardson’s first basket was a driving dunk late in the first quarter. He was called for a technical foul for pulling on the rim. … Milwaukee’s Bobby Simmons was inactive because of a bruised right shoulder. Simmons, averaging 12.3 points, was hurt in Saturday’s victory over Cleveland. … Qyntel Woods made his Knicks’ debut and scored five points.

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