Milwaukee Bucks, Giannis Antetokounmpo Prove Too Much for New York Knicks, 104-93 (Highlights) 3
Mar 8, 2017; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) shoots during the fourth quarter against the New York Knicks at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Giannis Antetokounmpo and his Milwaukee Bucks proved to be way too much for Jeff Hornacek’s New York Knicks to handle on Wednesday night.

The New York Knicks are not playing like a team that wants to make a playoff push. On Wednesday night with their playoff lives on the line, New York lost a 12-point lead at the end of the third quarter against Milwaukee and never looked back. On the bright side, they helped their lottery chances by losing tonight.

Game 3 of the playoff atmosphere matchup against the Milwaukee Bucks came as a success for the New York Knicks. The first game was won by a Giannis Antetokounmpo buzzer-beater in Madison Square Garden and a Knicks 4th-quarter comeback won the second game. This game was no different and came down to the wire until the end. Milwaukee came out with the win tonight, thanks to Giannis Antetokounmpo who poured in 32 points on 11-of-21 from the floor. 

The Knicks simply cannot find a way to win back to back games, as the last time it’s happened came on Dec. 23.

New York was up by 12 points in the third quarter but quickly went away from Derrick Rose and stopped staying close to the Bucks. This allowed the Greek Freak to take over the game.

Speaking of D-Rose, he was, by far, the Knicks most potent offensive player on the night. His 26 points came on a crazy 13-16 from the floor.

Antetokounmpo came alive in the second half and finished with 34 points to lead the Bucks to a 104-93 win in a college environment at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.

It was deja vu all over again for the Knicks, New York got off to another slow start in the first quarter. After trailing 11-2, Carmelo Anthony got the offense back going with five straight points and a couple of and-1. The Knicks ended the first quarter only down by two points (30-32).

After Jeff Hornacek took out the starters, he was hoping the second unit can play with continuity and explosiveness like the past two games. That wasn’t the case, the bench stretched out the two-point deficit to 10 points.

Hornacek had to go back to his starting rotation quick in the second quarter before Milwaukee takes full control of the game. Once the starters entered back in the game they erased a 10 point lead to a one-point lead heading into halftime (56-55). That run was led by rookie Willy Hernangomez who tallied 13 points and three rebounds heading into halftime. Hernangomez ended the night with 16 points and 12 rebounds.

The offense was in the groove throughout the first half. Everybody in the starting lineup ended up with double figures.

Milwaukee did not have an answer to stop Derrick Rose in the 3rd quarter. Rose scored 10 points in the 3rd quarter and helped them take a 12-point lead until Milwaukee came back storming to go on a run to put them ahead by 3 to end the 3rd quarter (73-76). After Milwaukee went ahead in the third quarter they never looked back.

New York defense had a hard time containing Antetokounmpo. He ended the night with 34 points shooting 52 percent and grabbed 13 rebounds.

Carmelo Anthony told the media that the coaches not making any second half adjustments while the opponents feeding off the non-adjustments. Anthony was right. New York did not have any answers to stopping the Bucks.

After coming off a great win against the Magic, the bench was nowhere to be found tonight only tallying up 13 points. They got outscored by the Bucks bench by 25 points.

Knicks are now 5.5 GB from a playoff spot. Up next will be the Detroit Pistons on the road on Saturday night.

 NEXT: The Awkward Position: Stuck Between Playoff Push and Tanking 


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