The Knicks were no match for the Bucks as Damian Lillard and Giannis Antetokounmpo took care of business in the Garden matinee.

The New York Knicks (16-12) took on the Milwaukee Bucks (22-7) in the first of back-to-back matinees at Madison Square Garden. The Knicks were coming off a successful 3-2 road trip and on a two-game win streak. The Bucks came in red hot riding a seven-game win streak that would become eight as they dominated the Knicks 130-111. The Bucks have beaten the Knicks in nine consecutive games including three games this year. 

The first quarter began with a shootout with both teams answering each other’s basket. Things began to settle down as the Bucks started to build a lead on the back of their excellent three-point shooting lead by Malik Beasley who knocked down three of his team’s five makes. Julius Randle struggled early, shooting 2-7 to start while having to deal with Giannis Antetokounmpo as the Bucks took a 36-27 lead into the second. 

The Knicks had a difficult time finding the bottom of the net early in the second quarter and in return, it was former Knick Bobby Portis who took it upon himself to take it to his former team as the Bucks grew their lead to 12 points leading to a Knicks timeout. The Bucks’ offense seemed to go into overdrive as they got contributions from all sides going up by as many as 16 points. With around two minutes left in the quarter, Jalen Brunson was able to bait Damion Lillard into an offensive charge after an official review and that seemed to give the Knicks some life as they would score six straight points as part of a 10-2 run to end the first half that ended with a Jalen Brunson buzzer beater cutting lead just eight points with the Knicks trailing the Bucks 62-54.

The energy didn’t translate to the second half though as the Bucks once again built a dominant lead to take full control of the game with a double-digit lead. The Knicks’ offense struggles continued as only Randle and Brunson had it going with no other Knick having more than nine points while the Bucks had five players in double figures late in the third quarter. The Knicks kept the game to a manageable 100-87 deficit heading into the final quarter thanks to Jalen Brunson’s 15-point outburst in the third. 

In the fourth quarter, the Bucks blew the game open going on an 11-0 run to take their lead up by as many as 22 points. The Knicks in that same stretch missed seven consecutive shots as the game became completely lopsided in Milwaukee’s favor as the Bucks cruised to victory.

Jalen Brunson scored 36 points with five assists but didn’t score in the fourth quarter. Julius Randle had a rough start but got it going scoring 26 points along with seven rebounds. Isaiah Hartenstein scored 10 points and grabbed 13 rebounds including seven offensive boards. RJ Barrett had a nightmarish performance scoring just 13 points on 5-17 from the field. Donte DiVincenzo scored 11 points in his limited touches. The bench in a rare quiet showing was able to muster 13 points.

Next up the Knicks and Bucks go right back at it on Christmas Day in what will be their third meeting in December. 

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