Giannis Antetokounmpo held down his usual spot atop the stat sheet, even although his most important contribution was maintaining his cool.Antetokounmpo had 31 points and 14 rebounds, Khris Middleton added 25 points and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the NY Knicks 112-96 on Thursday night for their 6th win in seven games.
Antetokounmpo was assessed a technical foul, but remained in the game following a brief altercation halfway throughout the 4th quarter with Enes Kanter, who had been ejected.
I think that it is one of his strengths,” said Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer. We have talked about through this season, there may be frustration when things are overlooked, or you see things certain ways. He just tends to maintain his focus, maintain his composure, go to the next play.
The Bucks swept the home and home series, having won NY 109-95 on Christmas. Milwaukee is a season high 14 games over 500.
Luke Kornet, making his first start of the season in place of Kanter, linked a career high with 23 points, and Noah Vonleh added 15 points and 13 rebounds for the Knicks. NY, playing without leading scorer Tim Hardaway Jr. because of an illness, lost its 6th straight.
Kanter was ejected with 9: 56 left in the 4th quarter after being assessed two technical fouls. Kanter was struck around his eye on the previous play in the other end, possibly requiring three stitches.
I took the ball and I was attempting to go get the rebound, offensive rebound, Kanter said. I believe Thon Maker’s elbow only glanced against my attention and it started bleeding. And after that on the other side I think Giannis was driving the basket and I stopped him.
With half per year play and the Knicks in 91-82, Antetokounmpo stated it was important that he stay in the game. In the conclusion of the day, I need to help my team and close the game, Antetokounmpo said.
We’d like nine or eight Minutes left and I was only considering shutting out the game. I just don’t like when dirty games arrive that risk my health or my teammate’s wellbeing. I do not like this. During instant replay review for the altercation, we observed an unsportsmanlike act by Kanter and that’s what resulted in his first technical foul, Forte told a pool reporter. Following the bounds foul, Giannis and Kanter came face-to confront and thus they were both assessed dead ball technical fouls, Forte said. Milwaukee used 18-2 run halfway throughout the second quarter to start a 44-37 lead.
The Bucks extended the lead to 87-77, introducing the final period. Bucks, which entered the second at the league at 3 pointers made and tried, missed their first eight point attempts. NY went up 23-13 on Kevin Knox’s 3 pointers with 4: 40 left in the first quarter, but Milwaukee responded with a 11-2 run. TIP INS. Knicks: NY started a six game road trip, which now heads west for five games which include teams with four of the six best records in the Western Conference. Bucks: Milwaukee opened a six-game homestead against the Knicks, who entered 9-26. Of the next five opponents, only Toronto (26-10) is above 500.
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The Bucks won the season series 3-1; the third straight season series win against the Knicks. Milwaukee has won eight of the last nine against the Knicks, including five straight at home.