After finishing a four-game west coast road trip, the Milwaukee Bucks returned home for a Tuesday night showdown with the bottom-tier New York Knicks. As was indicated by the Vegas odds, which had the Bucks as 17-point favorites, this game wasn’t expected to be close. It wasn’t. Giannis dominated in his short time on the court and Milwaukee coasted to victory at Fiserv Forum to sweep the season series with the Knicks, winning 128-102.
At no point in the game was the Bucks’ victory in question. New York kept the deficit within a possession or two for the first quarter, but it was a no-show for the rest of the game. A 36-point second quarter and 43-point third quarter was plenty to put this game out of reach for the struggling Knicks.
The combination of Julius Randle, R.J. Barrett, and Bobby Portis scored 67 of New York’s 102 points on 24-49 from the field and 9-17 from three. The rest of the team didn’t fair so well. The Knicks final shooting numbers stood at 35%/30%, not percentages that will get it done on Milwaukee’s home court.
Giannis was the story yet again. In just 21 minutes, the Greek Freak put up 37 points to go along with nine rebounds. All of that while shooting 12-17 from the floor, 3-5 from deep, and even 10-12 from the line. It was exactly how the coach Budenholzer would want every game to go, an extremely efficient night from the MVP followed by fourth quarter rest.
Everyone got the chance to pad their shooting percentages a little. The Bucks shot 49% from the field and 42% from three. There’s no beating the best team in the league when they’re hitting this many shots. The numbers would’ve been presumably better had the starters not sat the final 12 minutes of the game in which just 20 points were scored for Milwaukee.
The Bucks had two days of rest before today and still found a way to exert as little energy as possible. Only Wesley Matthews played more than 21 minutes for Milwaukee and even he only got to 26. They also extended their 100-point streak to 66-straight games, building on the record with every game.
They also improve to 36-6 on the season, at least 6 games above each team in the Eastern Conference. The next game won’t be so easy. Milwaukee will have the opportunity to avenge one of the six opponents who have defeated them so far. The Boston Celtics come to town Thursday night for a nationally televised showdown on TNT. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m. CT.