MILWAUKEE – It ended, fittingly, with Tim Hardaway Jr. lacking a desperation Three-pointer on the buzzer that by no means had an opportunity.
The identical was true of 13 different pictures Hardaway took as properly.
The Knicks imploded offensively for the second straight sport and misplaced 92-90 to the Milwaukee Bucks after Giannis Antetokounmpo transformed a spinning left-handed lay-up with 1.9 seconds left.
The Greek Freak’s drive previous Enes Kanter within the lane was the deadly mixture of genius and athleticism. It was simply the perfect offensive sequence of the night time in a sport that noticed each groups combinec for 72 second half factors.
Hardaway, the Knicks $72 million capturing guard, had his worst sport since rejoining the workforce final summer time. He went 1-for-14 and missed all 9 Three-pointers. Hardaway, who went 1-for-10 in Wednesday’s loss to Boston, even missed two free throws with 1:27 remaining and the sport tied at 90.
The Knicks got here up empty on their closing possessions after Kristaps Porzingis put them forward 90-88 with 2:14 left. Porzingis made simply 6 of 15 pictures and scored 17 factors.
Kanter completed with 17 factors and 18 rebounds however had his potential go-ahead lay-up altered by Antetokounmpo with 24 seconds left. The Bucks, who improved to 27-23, did not name day trip and as a substitute relied on the Greek Freak to create one thing.
Remoted on Porzingis, Giannis drove left and was picked up by Kanter who did not give any floor however nonetheless was no match for Antetokounmpo. Milwaukee improved to 28-23 whereas the Knicks fell to 23-30 general.
Jabari Parker returned after lacking a full 12 months after struggling a serious knee damage for the second time in his profession. He completed with 12 factors in 15 minutes. The 2 groups mix to make 12 of 49 Three-pointers.
The Bucks had been coming off a loss at Minnesota 24 hours earlier they usually had been shorthanded with Malcolm Brogdon struggling a quad damage that may maintain him sidelined at the least six weeks. The Greek Freak, nursing an ankle damage, wasn’t his normal dominant self and was visibly pissed off when he was lifted halfway by means of the third quarter.
That feeling of irritating was shared by Porzingis, who throughout one sequence yelled at Hardaway for not getting him the ball within the publish. When the possession ended with a 24-second violation, Porzingis continued to specific his disappointment with Hardaway.
Kanter, who had 17 factors and 16 rebounds after three quarters, opened the ultimate interval on the bench and with the sport tied at 74. Eric Bledsoe was additionally on the bench, having picked up simply 5 fouls in 19 minutes.
With out him the Bucks offense could not operate. When Bledsoe went to the bench with 7:15 remaining within the third the rating was tied at 65. He returned with 7:34 left and was achieved for the night time after choosing up his sixth foul 54 seconds later.
Antetokounmpo’s lay-up tied the sport at 90 with two minutes left and the Bucks regained possession 13 seconds later when Porzingis took a fast three and missed badly.
However a turnover led to 2 free throws for Hardaway, who promptly missed each. The Knicks managed the rebound and Hardaway, regardless of not with the ability to make a shot, drove left and missed a runner with 1:07 remaining.
However the Knicks received one other probability when Antetokounmpo’s fade away rimmed out with 41.eight seconds to play. Jeff Hornacek known as day trip and the Knicks tried to power the ball into Kanter, who missed from shut vary.
That gave the Greek Freak, who completed with 29 factors and 11 rebounds, one final probability to place the Knicks away. He did not waste it.