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Bucks Split Season Series With Knicks

The Milwaukee Bucks were forced to settle for a split of their four game season series with the New York Knicks thanks to a 100-88 loss to the Knicks on Sunday night at Madison Square Garden. The second and third quarters formed the basis of the Buck’s troubles in this game. The Bucks lost those two quarters by a combined 22 points.buck_parker

The Bucks got off to a solid star behind Jabari Parker and the first quarter would conclude with the teams tied at 24. The early portion of the second quarter would be even but the game would take a significant momentum swing in the latter portion of the second quarter. Over the final five minutes of the quarter the Bucks would get outscored 14-4. Points in the paint was a big issue on the night but it was highlighted in the second quarter. Points in the paint in the first half were 32-18 in favor of the Knicks. When looking at just the second quarter the Bucks were outscored in the paint 22-6. Of those points in the paint the Knicks were seven for seven on lay-ups and dunks in that span.

While the Knicks controlling the paint did nothing to help the cause the Bucks also hit a significant scoring drought at the same time. The Greek Freak and Khris Middleton combined to shoot 3/15 in the first half.

The Knicks star duo of Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis took control of the game in the third quarter. Porzingis had a thunderous put back dunk on a rebound then he a couple possessions later banked in a three pointer at the end of the shot clock from approximately ten feet behind the three point line. Antony and Porzingis had their fingerprints all over the game more than just scoring. Anthony finished two assists short of a triple double and Porzingis blocked five shots. The Bucks did a poor job closing by the second quarter and third quarters as the Knicks built significantly on their lead during those runs. From the Bucks perspective they need to do a better job of controlling an opposing team’s star players especially on the road. Not only is it important in controlling the game but it also controls the crowd. The Madison Square Garden crowd got more into the game after each play from the Knicks stars in the third quarter.

BucksGregMonroeThe Bucks did not quit, at one point cutting the Knicks lead down to ten points but the second and third quarter proved to be way to much damage. The Knicks would finish the game with almost half of their points coming in the paint. Greg Monroe led the Bucks with another double double with 28 points and 10 rebounds. Middleton added 20 points.

The Bucks will continue with a busy week this week as they will play four more times prior to Saturday twice at home and twice on the road beginning with the Bulls on Tuesday at the Bradley Center.

 

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