The Milwaukee Bucks handily defeated the New York Knicks 130-111. Excellent outings from Bobby Portis, Malik Beasley, and Khris Middleton paired nicely with relatively tame performances from Giannis Antetokounmpo and Damian Lillard to see the Bucks past Jalen Brunson’s typical supernova.
The Bucks had a slight edge from the tip, growing to double digits on the back of hot shooting (especially from distance, Beasley in particular) and early Taj Gibson minutes (due to Mitchell Robinson’s absence and Isaiah Hartenstein’s foul trouble) for a 36-27 lead after one. The second quarter was a back-and-forth affair featuring Bobby sounding off against his former team and Jalen Brunson doing as Jalen Brunson does, resulting in a 64-54 edge halfway through.
The Bucks spent the third taking two steps forward and one step back. A team effort left the Bucks up 100-87 going into the final frame. They continued building their lead into the fourth, highlighted by an 11-0 run and plenty of Bobby Buckets. This one was never really in doubt.
Stat That Stood Out
The Bucks had a +14 rebounding advantage. Robinson’s absence certainly helped, but the advantage was noteworthy given Milwaukee’s subpar cleaning of the boards thus far. Bobby has been a man reborn since Vegas and continued that with his team-leading 11 boards tonight.