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  • April 26, 2018 10:47 PM EDT

    NEW YORK -- Before Phil Jackson can begin reshaping their future, the New York Knicks are trying to make something of this season. Patrick Kerney Jersey . Carmelo Anthony scored 23 points, Tim Hardaway Jr. had 20, and the Knicks beat the Milwaukee Bucks 115-94 on Saturday, giving them a season-high six straight victories as they prepare to welcome Jackson back to the franchise. "Weve got to really focus in on whats the task at hand, and thats still trying to make this push and not even looking forward to next season at this point," Anthony said. Amare Stoudemire and J.R. Smith each scored 15 for the Knicks, who easily ended their daytime woes by pounding the team with the NBAs worst record. New York began the day 3 1/2 games behind Atlanta for the final post-season spot in the Eastern Conference. But the playoff push has taken a backseat to the news that Jackson was coming in to run the Knicks front office -- except in the locker room. "I think our focus is solely on what we have to accomplish to make the playoffs, to be honest," centre Tyson Chandler said. "I know its a lot going on, but as an athlete, you dont pay too much attention to it, because its out of your control, anyway." The Knicks will introduce the 11-time champion as a coach at a press conference Tuesday morning. Jackson will find a team playing its best basketball of a disappointing season. "Better late than never," Stoudemire said. The Knicks shot 55 per cent, led by as much as 25 points and have won six in a row by double digits for the first time since November 1969, according to information provided to the Knicks by Elias. "The easiest thing to do is to start talking about next year at this point in time right now, but the guys on the team seem pretty confident about just staying focused right now, winning basketball games and try to make this push for the playoffs," Anthony said. Nate Wolters scored 15 for the Bucks, who lost their third straight. Brandon Knight and Ramon Sessions each added 14. The Knicks had lost all seven games that began before 3:30 p.m., six by double digits. Things were so bad earlier this season that coach Mike Woodson even had the players stay overnight in a hotel the night before a home game. But with unusually high energy in the arena for a noon tip, whether because of the winning streak or the Jackson news, the Knicks were sharp from the start. New York made 55 per cent of its shots in a 30-point first quarter, then scored 30 more in the second. The Knicks even got a banked-in 3-pointer from the corner by Iman Shumpert, shortly after Milwaukees Ersan Ilyasova missed a wide-open layup. "I thought we had no real defensive presence," Bucks coach Larry Drew said. The Knicks led 88-66 after three. They have feasted on a weak portion of their schedule to hang around in the playoff race, though things turn tougher with a visit from Indiana on Wednesday. Woodson continues to stress that the Knicks can still make something of this season, though the focus on Jackson has turned much of the attention to the teams future. "Its basketball. Teams, they try to reshape, they go through changes and this is no different," Woodson said before the game. "Youre bringing a great basketball mind into your organization and eventually itll be reshaped. So how and who and when, only time will tell." Jackson played for a pair of title-winning teams in New York, including the 1973 squad whose 40th anniversary the Knicks celebrated last season. The drought seems certain to extend at least another year, even if the Knicks can win enough to get into the post-season. They were helped Saturday with the return of starters Chandler, who missed two games for family reasons, and Stoudemire, who sat out the last one to rest. Shumpert finished with 14 points. "We really feel like were going to get that spot," Chandler said. "If we take care of our business, we do what were supposed to do, we feel like weve got a great shot." Notes: The Knicks have won the last five meetings at Madison Square Garden and took a 98-97 overall lead in the all-time series. ... Knight had scored 20 or more in the previous four games. Bobby Wagner Jersey .5 million contract with the right-handed reliever. Ziegler revealed the agreement via Twitter, saying hes "really excited to stay in Arizona for a couple more years, at least. Malik McDowell Jersey . - Washington Redskins tight end Fred Davis said Wednesday hes "nodded off" during meetings, but he said its something every player does.Jurgen Klopp will reach 50 matches in charge of Liverpool faster than any predecessor when they play Chelsea on Wednesday, live on Sky Sports 2. The match comes just 217 days after his first game against Tottenham at White Hart Lane on October 17.Predecessors Bob Paisley and Joe Fagan are closest to Klopp, reaching the half-century mark after 254 days. Klopps run of matches includes a run to the Capital One Cup final and a memorable 4-3 victory over his former club Borussia Dortmund at Anfield in April. Klopps run as manager included a memorable victory over his former club Dortmund The German has a chance to win his first trophy for Liverpool in the Europa League final against Sevilla, but he is looking beyond this season and greater success at Anfield. Sky Live: Liverpool v Chelsea Liverpool will hope to put European qualification in their hands at Anfield Klopp concedes his first seven months on Merseyside, in which he also had his appendix removed, has been hectic, while enjoyable.It was intense, but fun too. Everything was new so it was interesting, the German boss said. Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says his side were the better team after they beat Watford at Anfield Time goes by so fast. Sheldon Richardson Jersey. I cant believe this season is nearly over. Usually, you need one and a half seasons for this. That is funny. The jobs to do and everything you need to think about keeps you awake but it is good. Also See: What do the challengers need? 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