Giannis Antetokounmpo keeps the Bucks flawless as the Knicks take another loss
Led by Tim Hardaway Jr. with 24 points, the Knicks went on a 20-4 run in the third quarter and took a fragile lead early in the last act but fell in the closing 3 minutes as the Bucks, propelled by 3 threes from Khris Middleton and Eric Bledsoe, folowed by a dunk by Antetokounmpo, sealed the game 113-124.
Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 16 of his total 31 points in the fourth quarter, stopping Knicks’ comeback from a 19 points deficit at halftime.
In fact, the Knicks allowed the home team to score 71 points at halftime and it was up to Trey Burke to put his team back on track. Burke scored 13 points in the third quarter and finished the game with 19 points while shooting 9-18 from the field.
“This is the suffering you must go through to become a good basketball team. The best part about it is our guys found a way to make it a basketball game”
– David Fizdale
Enes Kanter finished in double-double with 14 points and 10 boards and Mario Hezonja led the bench with 18. Damyean Dotson contributed with 14 buckets and 8 rebounds and coach Fizdale will now have to take in consideration whether to keep Lance Thomas in the starting five or if his role should be given to Hezonja or Noah Vonleh, who also finished in double figures.
Coach Fizdale said that changes can still happen and that he keeps his eyes open in the upcoming games.
“We’re still going to make people work for it and earn it. At the same time, I’m still looking at the next couple games. Then at some point, if I see a fit, I’m going to make a change.”
The Knicks dropped 1-3 and will travel to Miami (1-2) tonight. The Bucks remain undefeated and improve 3-0.