Knicks’ Late Rally Falls Short Against Bucks
BUCKS 124, KNICKS 113
MILWAUKEE — Giannis Antetokounmpo had 31 points and 15 assists, Khris Middleton sank two late 3-pointers, and the Milwaukee Bucks survived a furious second-half rally by the Knicks for a 124-113 victory on Monday night.
Middleton scored 30 points, going 7 of 8 from 3-point range. Antetokounmpo had only one 3-pointer, but it came in a big spot, giving unbeaten Milwaukee the lead for good midway through the fourth period.
Tim Hardaway Jr. led the Knicks with 24 points. Trey Burke added 19, and Mario Hezonja had 18.
The Knicks were without the rookie forward Kevin Knox, who sprained his left ankle in a 103-101 loss at Boston on Saturday.
Middleton’s 3-pointer with 2 minutes 22 seconds left gave the Bucks a 116-110 lead, and Eric Bledsoe and Middleton had 3s in the final two minutes as Milwaukee pulled away.
All five Bucks starters scored in double figures. Bledsoe had 16 points, Brook Lopez added 13 and Malcolm Brogdon had 11.
Middleton sank three consecutive 3-pointers to give the Bucks a 58-43 lead midway through the second quarter. He finished with 19 points in the half as Milwaukee rolled to a 71-52 lead.
The Bucks made 10 of their 20 3-pointers in the half, with Middleton making all four of his attempts.
Burke led the Knicks’ comeback after halftime, scoring 13 points in a 35-17 surge that cut the deficit to 88-87 by the end of the third quarter. Milwaukee went just 1 of 13 from 3-point range in the period.
The Knicks took their first lead at 95-94 on an offensive rebound and basket by Noah Vonleh, and Damyean Dotson later hit a straight-on 3 to tie the score at 100. Antetokounmpo hit a 3 about a minute later to put the Bucks ahead.