Knicks claw back, but fall short, 105-110 in Milwaukee
In a thrilling battle between the New York Knicks and the Milwaukee Bucks, the Knicks came up just short in their pursuit of an upset victory. Ultimately, the Bucks held on to win 110-105, but it was a game filled with grit, remarkable individual performances, and a valiant comeback effort by the visiting Knicks.
Jalen Brunson took the center stage, electrifying the Knicks with an astounding 45-point performance, just three points shy of his career high. His remarkable display of skill and determination kept the Knicks in the contest throughout the game.
Trailing 91-82 early in the fourth quarter, the Knicks staged an impressive comeback, pulling within two points (103-101) following a 10-3 run with 2:41 left. However, the Bucks responded with seven unanswered points in the game’s closing moments to secure the victory.
The Bucks had a significant advantage, leading by as many as 14 points after halftime, with a score of 62-48 marking their largest lead of the night. Damian Lillard played a pivotal role for the Bucks, leading the charge with 30 points. Lillard’s sharpshooting, including a clutch three-pointer down the stretch, was a decisive factor in the outcome. Giannis Antetokounmpo also made his presence felt, contributing 22 points, while Jae Crowder added 14.
The Knicks, despite coming up short, showed resilience and were buoyed by the performance of Quentin Grimes, who tallied 17 points. Julius Randle contributed 16 points, although he struggled from the field, going 5-20 and hitting just 1-9 from beyond the arc. Immanuel Quickley chipped in with 14 points, further highlighting the depth of the Knicks’ roster.
While the Knicks outscored the Bucks in the paint, 42-28, and on the fast break, 15-7, their three-point shooting left much to be desired, converting only 10 of their 39 attempts. The Bucks, in contrast, hit 20 of their 39 three-point attempts, highlighting the difference in long-range accuracy.
While the outcome might not have been in the Knicks’ favor, the grit and determination they displayed on the road against a formidable opponent like the Bucks are indicative of their potential this season. The road to victory may be paved with challenges, but the Knicks are proving they have the mettle to face them head-on.
Up-next: The Knicks (2-4) will host the Clippers (3-2) on Monday from 7:30.