IT’S not just on Carmelo Anthony, but it’s fair to say the New York Knicks would not get some payback over the Milwaukee Bucks without him on Friday (Saturday, Manila time).
Anthony made the go-ahead triple late and Lance Thomas had the last laugh this time on Giannis Antetokounmpo as the New York Knicks got back at the Milwaukee Bucks in another thriller, 116-111, at the Bradley Center.
New York outscored Milwaukee, 33-15, in the fourth, getting 12 from Anthony, including a clutch three with more than 40 ticks left to give the Knicks the lead for good, 112-111.
Antetokounmpo took on Thomas on the next play, the same defender he made the game-winner in their last meeting. But Thomas made amends this time, swiping the ball off Antetokounmpo’s hands and Courtney Lee finished off the break with a slam.
Mirza Teletovic’s last-gasp three was way off as the Knicks capped the comeback and snapped a six-game slide.
Milwaukee seemed on its way to another win over New York early on, leading by as much as 18 late in the first half, and even led by 13 near the end of the third quarter. But the Knicks began the fourth with a 12-0 run, cutting the gap down to one, 96-95, and setting up another thrilling finish between the two teams.
Anthony led the Knicks (17-19) with 26 points, 10 assists and six rebounds. Kristaps Porzingis added 23 markers and three blocks before fouling out late. Derrick Rose and Lee scored 12 and 11, respectively, and Thomas chipped in 10.
Antetokounmpo and Jabari Parker each had 25 for the Bucks (18-17). Greg Monroe added 19 points off the bench.