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Quick recap: Milwaukee Bucks 111, New York Knicks 107

Quick recap: Milwaukee Bucks 111, New York Knicks 107

At the start of their four-game road trip, the Milwaukee Bucks had a great opportunity to recover from his last game and face the New York Knicks. They pulled it off, but just barely, taking this one 111-107.

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Milwaukee got off to a good start offensively, but Jrue Holiday took it three personal fouls in the early minutes of the game, and the Bucks’ already anemic offense bogged down even more as a result. Joe Ingles helped inject some life, and MarJon Beauchamp injected some athleticism, as the Bucks cruised through the first quarter tied at 22-22. The energy continued vaccinate faltering for both teams, as Milwaukee held its own with turnovers and odd shot selection, while New York couldn’t mount a big enough run to capitalize. As the Bucks’ offense continued to sink into the mud, the Knicks built a 51-46 halftime lead.

New York continued to chip away at the Bucks’ resolve, stretching a sold-out 16-point lead before Milwaukee woke up and sank a flurry of threes to cut the deficit to just five points, losing 78-73. The storm continued, in favor of the Bucks, as Joe Ingles led the way and put Milwaukee back in front with one of the sloppiest isolation possessions I’ve ever seen…and for a stretch of minutes where Giannis Antetokounmpo was benched.

As the fourth quarter wore on, this otherwise awful game turned into a heavyweight battle, with both teams hitting tough shots and brawling inside for buckets, and the lead went switch back and forth. And then Jrue Holiday, who had been playing pretty bad up until that point, hit a stepback three with 47 seconds left to give Milwaukee a 4-point lead.

The game wasn’t over at that point, as Jalen Brunson did his best to bring the Knicks back from the brink. But the Bucks didn’t lose their cool and ran down the stretch to protect their lead and escape with the win.

Stat that stood out

Milwaukee was dead after the first half, but regained consciousness after the break. Joe Ingles played a big role in that turnaround, but the comeback win was largely fueled by Milwaukee’s three-point burst. The Bucks hit 19 3-pointers in 49 attempts, but 8 of their makes came in the final stanza of the game. Some of them were just open shots they decided to drop, but Milwaukee moved the ball and found good shooters in good position a lot more than recently. It turned out to be enough in a game where everyone, including me! – had written off the team and was beginning to question whether they could turn it around. The rest of the season still lies ahead and it’s too early to declare a reversal of fortunes, but for tonight…they did.


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