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Just when you think it couldn’t get any worse for Knicks fans, think again.

The New York Knicks came into Wednesday riding a five game losing streak that had dropped them two games under .500 and out of the Eastern Conference playoff picture. They also found out that they would be without their young star, Kristaps Porzingis, for the third straight game while he nurses a sore achilles.

On the flip side, the Milwaukee Bucks came into Wednesday with back to back wins against the Bulls and Thunder, and have put themselves a game above .500 at 17-16, looking at the six seed in the East.

Despite being without Porzingis, the Knicks came out and played hard, led by nine-time all star Carmelo Anthony, who finished with 30 points, 11 rebounds, and seven assists.

The Knicks also got a surprising boost off the bench from Mindaugas Kuzminskas, who has taken on a bigger role in the past three games with Porzingis sidelined. Kuzminskas added 15 points (6-10 FG, 2-5 3Pt), four rebounds, two steals, and a block in 19 minutes of action.

The first half went back and forth with no one taking charge, as the two teams were tied at the break. The third quarter however, was all New York. The Knicks dominated Milwaukee, outscoring them 35-21, and leading by as much as 16. The Knicks simply could not miss in the third quarter, hitting everything from layups to mid-range jumpers to three pointers.

The Bucks never gave up despite the Knicks’ lights out shooting. Milwaukee got a huge boost from their bench that kept them in the game. Greg Monroe (18), Mirza Teletovic (13), Jason Terry (8), and Michael Beasley (7), combined for 46 points off the bench, which was especially crucial late in the game.

Milwaukee’s cornerstones, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jabari Parker, went to work as usual. The two combined for 42 points, 17 rebounds, seven assists, two steals, and three blocks. While Jabari only shot 40% from the field, he was still a plus-six while on the floor.

Bucks rookie Malcolm Brogdon, who made his third straight start with Matthew Dellavedova out, added 12 points, eight assists, and six rebounds. In addition to Parker, Brogdon also had an off shooting night (5-14 FG, 0-3 3Pt) but had key contributions late in the game that helped chip away at the Knicks’ lead. Brogdon and Greg Monroe were having some of the best ball movement all season. Brogdon would set up Monroe, and Monroe would set up Brogdon. It was beautiful to watch, like they had been teammates for several years.

Milwaukee saw a quiet night out of Jabari Parker, who finished with 15 points (4-10 FG, 2-5 3Pt), four rebounds and three assists. Even though his shots weren’t always falling, he was still a plus-six while on the floor.

Giannis Antetokounmpo hit the 20-point mark for the 13th straight game, finishing with 27 points, 13 rebounds, four assists and three blocks. This monster stat line is now becoming the norm for the 22-year old, but this time, added a cherry on top.

The Bucks found themselves down 104-103 with 8.6 seconds remaining. Malcolm Brogdon in-bounded the ball to Giannis. The play appeared to be set up for Giannis to draw defenders and then kicking the ball out to an open shooter.

This was not the case. Giannis found no one open, and decided to take matter into his own hands, sinking a step back jumper over Lance Thomas to seal the victory for Milwaukee, absolutely stunning the sellout crowd at the Madison Square Garden.

This was Giannis’ first ever game winning shot, and his teammates couldn’t have been more ecstatic.

The Bucks (18-16) will look for their fourth straight win whereas the Knicks (16-19) will look for revenge as Milwaukee hosts New York Friday night to complete a home-and-home series.

 

 

 

 

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