Bucks beat Knicks 123-108 on Antetokounmpo’s big night

MILWAUKEE, Wis. (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo had 38 points, 13 rebounds and several big plays in the fourth quarter to help the Milwaukee Bucks beat the New York Knicks 123-108 on Friday night .

Antetokounmpo also dished out five assists one night after being named to the All-Star team for the sixth straight season, tying the franchise record. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar made six of his 19 appearances with the Bucks.

Milwaukee never trailed on the scoreboard in its fourth win in five games and rebounded from a stumble against Cleveland. The Knicks have lost six of their last seven games.

Jrue Holiday finished with 24 points, Khris Middleton had 20 and Grayson Allen added 15 for the Bucks. Allen returned to the team after a one-game suspension for a flagrant foul that broke Alex Caruso’s right wrist and left the Chicago guard six to eight weeks out.

Evan Fournier scored 25 points and RJ Barrett 23 for the Knicks, although Barrett made just six of his 20 shots. Quentin Grimes added 11 and Alec Burks, 10.

Burks opened the fourth quarter with a 3-pointer that cut Milwaukee’s lead to 93-91, but the Bucks responded with a 9-2 lead. Antetokounmpo scored the last seven points of that quarter, which he capped with a triple that left his team up 102-93 with 9:29 remaining.

The Knicks cut the lead back to 103-95, but Mitchell Robinson missed crucial free throws with 4 minutes remaining and the Bucks regained their lead in double figures.


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