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Knicks storm the Bucks in the opener, 122-97

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The New York Knicks took Milwaukee by storm in the season opener and by a margin of 25 points, 122-97. Arron Afflalo, Kevin Seraphine and Lou Amundson missed the game for New York while the Bucks couldn’t count on important assets such as OJ Mayo or Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Opening at home for the first time since 1984, Milwaukee had a good start, Greg Monroe and Michael Carter Williams having no problem penetrating New York’s defense .

In spite of trailing 11-4 early in the first quarter, once the second unit entered the floor, New York’s game changed drastically and the comeback was signalled by a 15-0 run early in the second quarter.

Jose Calderon struggled throughout the whole game, managing to do little against Carter-Williams, and after getting in foul trouble it was Langston Galloway’s chance to get on the court and shine. Galloway scored 16 points in 24 minutes, going 4-5 from the three point lane.

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The best surprise of the night however was Derrick Williams. His athleticism and versatility were a key point for last night’s win. Williams led the Knicks with 24 points and 7 rebounds.

Kristaps Porzingis had a shy start, struggleing with the jumpshots in the first quarter, but once he scored his first points later in the second, he got going, showing loads of confidence especially on the offense. He finished the game with 16 points and 5 rebounds .

Carmelo Anthony struggled, coming after an injury, but the good news is that he doesn’t need to give 110% anymore in order to make this team win.

Another strong presence in the frontcourt was Kyle O’Quinn, the New York native’s toughness reminiscing of the early 90’s Knicks. His 11 rebounds and 8 points were a statement for what this season is going to be.

One down, 81 left. Atlanta, next, for the home opener. Tonight at 8:00 pm!

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