NEW YORK -- Pat Riley got his first victory as coach of the New York Knicks last night, with big assists from Mark Jackson and Xavier McDaniel.
Riley, who compiled the best winning percentage in NBA history while he was coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, saw the Knicks lose their first two games in Florida over the weekend.
But with Jackson getting 14 points, five assists and three steals in the third quarter, the Knicks outscored the Milwaukee Bucks, 40-13, in the period and won, 113-85.
McDaniel had 28 points and 13 rebounds and Patrick Ewing 24 points for the Knicks, while Dale Ellis and Jay Humphries had 14 each for Milwaukee, which won its first two games.
New York scored the first 6, 12 of the first 14 and 25 of the first 29 points of the third quarter after leading by just one at the half.
Jackson, who had two points at halftime, led the way with his scoring, passing and ball-hawking. He passed to Gerald Wilkins who had 9 points in the period after going scoreless in the first half for three layups early in the quarter.
The Knicks' largest lead of the period was 82-50. Milwaukee closed the deficit to 86-66 in the fourth quarter before New York pulled away again, leading by as many as 33 points.
The first half was closely contested, with neither team leading by more than three points.
McDaniel scored 16 points in the first two periods, including a jumper that gave the Knicks a 42-41 halftime edge. It was the 15th lead change of the first half.