Pat Connaughton avoided another Bucks debacle in his visit to the Big Apple after squandering a 24-point income in the second half. The shooting guard achieved his scoring record of the course with 23 goals, including three key triples, to guide his sixth victory by 112-100.
It should be remembered that a little less than a week ago the Milwaukee already discarded a 21-point advantage against the New Yorkers, and last night they were about to stumble over the same stone if it were not for the outside success of Pat Connaughton and his partner Grayson Allen.
Knicks reserves added excitement to the game. Rose, Burks and Quickley managed to re-engage after leveling the score with five minutes remaining.
“It was good to be victorious in such a hostile environment. Well, we actually faced the same things as last week and this time we were able to emerge victorious, ”Pat Connaughton told ESPN.
In 31 minutes starting as reserve he hit an 8 of 14 shooting from the field and a new career record with 7 of 13 on triples. “We needed them all,” admitted coach Mike Budenholzer.
Jrue Holiday, who started as a starter, contributed 18 points and 8 assists; followed by Antetokounmpo and Grayson Allen, both with 15 points.
For the Knicks, Derrick Rose led the attack with 22 points and 7 assists; Immanuel Quickley had 18 points; Julius Randle scored 16; and they completed Alec Burks and Obi Toppin with 14 points each.
Tom Thibodeau’s starters were ineffective throughout the night, and it was the reserves who showed their faces by contesting the final quarter and a half in full. “In a hole like that the urgency came to us,” said the Knicks coach.
Bucks: Khris Middleton missed her sixth straight game after entering Coronavirus health and safety protocols. His coach said that he is feeling better, and that he could return to the parks soon.
Bobby Portis started against his former team with 17 points, 5 rebounds and a 6/11 shooting from the field.
Knicks: Mitchell Robinson returned to the starting lineup after losing out in the previous game with hip problems. For their part, the starters Evan Fournier and Kemba Walker only played 19 and 18 minutes respectively.
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