The shorthanded Bucks were unable to muster a win in this one, as the New York Knicks came away with a double-digit victory, 113-98.
3-point shooting was friendly to the Bucks in the first quarter. In the opening stanza, they’d go 8-of-16 from deep and were led by Grayson Allen’s 14 points (which included four threes). That strong performance helped them really open things up against New York, as they carried a 38-19 lead into the second period.
The Knicks wouldn’t bow out and would get themselves back into this one. Midway through the second quarter, they closed things to a single digits. Milwaukee would keep them far away enough where they wouldn’t fully even things out. At the end of the first half, the Bucks owned a 63-56 advantage.
After receiving withstanding punches from New York, the duo of Barrett and Randle would finally break through vs. Milwaukee. Going into the final quarter of regulation, the Knicks held onto a five point lead, 88-83.
And just like in the old times, Derrick Rose came to live in the fourth. His dazzling offensive display helped launch the Knicks out in front by double digits for much of the fourth, and ultimately, would give them the 113-98 victory.
Stat That Stood Out
We’ve been starting to see Grayson Allen’s shooting come alive, and tonight was no different. He electrified the Knicks for 22 points on 8-of-12 shooting. He’s really starting to forge a connection with Giannis, and it’s massive that he’s hitting these shots. It’s also huge that he’s able to get those shots, as he found a lot of those opportunities with pretty open looks.