Knicks Rally to Overcome a Big Lead by the Bucks
KNICKS 136, BUCKS 134
Emmanuel Mudiay scored 16 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter and overtime as the Knicks came back from a double-digit deficit to defeat the visiting Milwaukee Bucks, 136-134, on Saturday at Madison Square Garden.
The Bucks led by as many as 14 points in the fourth quarter before the Knicks stormed back to force overtime.
Kevin Knox added a career-best 26 points for the Knicks. Damyean Dotson and Tim Hardaway Jr. each added 21 points, and Noah Vonleh added 15 before fouling out in overtime.
Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks with 33 points, 19 rebounds and 7 assists. Eric Bledsoe added 27 points for Milwaukee, and Malcolm Brogdon had 22 points.
The Bucks were leading, 113-99, with 6 minutes 54 seconds left the fourth, but the Knicks cut the lead to 5 on Dotson’s 17-footer with 4:36 to play.
Bledsoe’s layup and Antetokounmpo’s six-foot fadeaway jumper then bumped the lead to 9.
Vonleh’s layup with 1:28 left in regulation narrowed the Knicks’ deficit to 122-120. The lead was down to 1 point with 1:06 to play as Hardaway made one of two free throws.
Antetokounmpo made a layup with 41 seconds left in the fourth for a 3-point Bucks lead. Mudiay made a 3-pointer that tied the game at 124-124 with 24 seconds left, for a total of 9 points down the stretch of the fourth quarter. Antetokounmpo missed a 14-foot shot, forcing overtime.
Mudiay’s 3-pointer gave the Knicks a 2-point lead in overtime. Bledsoe’s layup tied the game with a layup. Mudiay made a jumper, and Bledsoe tied the game again with a 3-pointer.
Antetokounmpo’s layup gave Milwaukee a 134-32 lead with 1:43 left in overtime, but Dotson’s 3-pointer gave the Knicks a 1-point lead with 1:09 to play. After Mudiay’s turnover, the Bucks did not score, and with 9.7 seconds remaining, Mudiay made one of two free throws to increase the Knicks’ lead to 2. Lopez missed two free throws with a chance to tie in the final second.
The Knicks lost guard Trey Burke in the first quarter with a sprained right knee. X-rays showed no fractures, but he did not return.
The Bucks led by 35-28 after one quarter and by 66-61 at halftime.
Bledsoe’s steal and driving layup 30 seconds into the second half gave Milwaukee a 7-point advantage. The Knicks regained the lead, 71-70, on a 15-footer by Enes Kanter with 8:48 left in the third quarter.
The Bucks struck back with a 17-0 surge that was completed by consecutive 3-pointers by Bledsoe, Thon Maker and Lopez.
The Knicks finished the third on a 15-3 run, cutting the Bucks’ lead to 97-93 as Allonzo Trier made a buzzer-beating layup.
Antetokounmpo made a layup with 8:41 to go, giving Milwaukee a 10-point lead. Sterling Brown’s layup extended the lead to 14.