BUCKS 112, KNICKS 99
MILWAUKEE — Giannis Antetokounmpo had 31 points and 14 rebounds, Khris Middleton added 25 points, and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Knicks, 112-96, on Thursday night for their sixth win in seven games.
The Bucks swept the home-and-home series, having won, 109-95, at Madison Square Garden on Christmas.
Luke Kornet, making his first start of the season in place of Enes Kanter, tied a career high with 23 points, and Noah Vonleh added 15 points and 13 rebounds for the Knicks. Playing without their leading scorer, Tim Hardaway Jr., who was ill, the Knicks lost their sixth straight game.
Kanter was ejected with 9 minutes 56 seconds left in the fourth quarter after being assessed two technical fouls. Antetokounmpo drove to the basket and was knocked down by Kanter, although no foul was called. The two got into a brief altercation as Antetokounmpo ran back up the court. Each player was called for a technical, and Kanter was then called for a second.
Milwaukee erased an early 10-point deficit and led by 53-48 at half. The Bucks extended the lead to 87-77 entering the final period.
Milwaukee used an 18-2 run midway through the second quarter to open a 44-37 lead. The Knicks scored the final 4 points of the half, closing the deficit to 53-48.
The Bucks, who entered the game second in the league in 3-pointers made and attempted, missed their first eight 3-point attempts.
The Knicks went up by 23-13 on Kevin Knox’s 3-pointer with 4:40 left in the first quarter, but Milwaukee responded with an 11-2 run.
The Knicks were opening a six-game road trip and will now head west for five games that include teams with four of the six best records in the Western Conference.