Sidney Moncrief scored 23 points, and reserve Kenny Fields added a career-high 21 Monday night, powering the Milwaukee Bucks to a 126-106 victory over the New York Knicks at Milwaukee.
The Knicks were playing their first game without injured Bernard King. The leading scorer in the NBA with a 32.9 average, King earlier in the day in New York underwent arthroscopic surgery for torn ligaments and cartilage in his right knee that will sideline him for the season.
If King goes on the injured list, he will join Bill Cartwright, Marvin Webster and Truck Robinson. Cartwright and Robinson were starters last season.
The Bucks scored the first seven points, held a 41-23 lead after one quarter and were never threatened in winning their third straight game and 11th in a row at home.