For the second time in three days, the Milwaukee Bucks beat the New York Knicks....and for the second time in three days, the Knicks had no answer for Giannis Antetokounmpo.
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Antetokounmpo followed up his dominant Christmas Day performance with 31 points, 14 rebounds, eight assists and four blocks, while Khris Middleton added 25 points as the Bucks make it six wins from their past seven starts, with the 112-96 victory.
The best plays as the Bucks beat the Knicks again for the second time in three days!!#FearTheDeer pic.twitter.com/MTkUKycDJb- Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) December 28, 2018
Antetokounmpo continues to be a handful for the Knicks, becoming the first player since Shaquille O'Neal in 1994-95 for the Orlando Magic to average 30 points and 10 rebounds against the Knicks in a single season (minimum 3 games played).
Luke Kornet was inserted into the starting lineup for Enes Kanter and made the most of his chance, leading the Knicks with 23 points, while Noah Vonleh added 15 points and 13 rebounds.
Kanter played just 15 minutes in the loss, but he was right in the thick of the action, getting ejected with 9:56 remaining in the fourth quarter after getting into it with Antetokounmpo. Both players were assessed technical fouls, Kanter's second of the game, giving him an early shower.
Giannis and Kanter just wanna exchange a few words pic.twitter.com/p022IJT3bz- Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) December 28, 2018
New York started the game strong, leading 28-24 after the first quarter, thanks to the Bucks struggling from deep as they missed their first eight attempts from beyond the arc. They found their groove in the second, erasing the 10-point deficit to go into the half up 53-48, fuelled by an 18-2 run midway through the period.
Milwaukee was in cruise control in the second half as they turned up the heat defensively, holding the Knicks to just 19 points in the fourth quarter, handing them their sixth-straight loss.