This season has been an educational experience for Milwaukee Bucks point guard Brandon Jennings.

And he's learned one thing above all else as he's journeyed through his second season in the National Basketball Association.

"It's been challenging," said Jennings after scoring a season-high 37 points to lead the Bucks to a 102-96 victory over the New York Knicks Friday night at Madison Square Garden.

"It actually makes me realize that you can't take winning for granted. Winning is hard. It's not easy and every night you have to bring it. I'm more comfortable (this season). I know what's expected.

"Last year, I had no idea what 82 games were, and now I just try and go out and play basketball. It's harder this year because everybody kind of knows . . . like this year, we can't just sneak up on anybody. Everybody knows what we can do, and that's been the hardest thing."

Jennings had it going offensively from the opening tip Friday, sinking a shot from beyond the arc for the first points of the game and scoring 16 points in the first quarter. As they did earlier in the week in beating New York in Milwaukee, the Bucks jumped on the Knicks early again and led by as many as 16 in the first quarter.