Moments after Carmelo Anthony drew the Knicks even with a
3-pointer, Knight played the hero with a long-range shot from the
right wing to lift the Bucks to their fifth win in 23 home games.
Knight finished with 25 points and seven assists while Khris
Middleton added 19 and Giannis Antetokounmpo had 15 off the bench.
Anthony led all scorers with 36 points but missed a last-second
game-tying 3-pointer as the Knicks lost their second straight. J.R.
Smith erupted for a season-best 30 points in a reserve role; no
other New York player managed more than seven.
Knight scored 13 points as the Bucks overcame a sluggish start with
a half-closing 16-8 run — fueled by consecutive 3s from Knight and
Middleton — to carry a 50-43 edge into the intermission. Milwaukee
bent but didn't break in the third quarter, allowing the Knicks to
close to within two points on Smith's short jumper with 2:57
remaining but countering with an 8-2 run highlighted by Caron
Butler's transition 3-pointer to take a 75-69 edge into the fourth.
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Back-to-back New York turnovers early in the quarter allowed
Milwaukee to stretch the lead to double digits, but Anthony thrust
the Knicks back into the game with seven straight points in a
72-second span just prior to the midway point of the period. New
York then drew even on three separate occasions in the latter
stages, and Anthony's 3-pointer from the right wing made it a 98-98
game with 19.4 seconds left to set the stage for Knight's heroics.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Anthony and Smith accounted for 11 of the Knicks' 15
3-pointers. ... Milwaukee, which came into the night shooting just
34.4 percent from beyond the arc, connected on 11-of-18 attempts
against New York. ... Knight has recorded seven or more assists in
four of his last five games.
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