BUCKS WIN the tip off in an anticipating match up in one of the MECCAs of basketball, Madison Square Garden. Lopez after we won Tip off goes into the Right side of the court to hit a corner three to start the game! As if that wasn’t enough action to start a wide open Giannis nails a 3 from the top of the 3 pt line.The bucks went on an impressive run that finally was halted by an impressive And 1 opportunity by Jalen Brunson. From there both of the teams offense fizzles as the teams on the court shot a combined 8-34 keeping 4 Field Goals apiece.
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – DECEMBER 27: Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks passes the ball against Reggie Bullock #25 of the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on December 27, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
As the 2nd quarter starts up Immanuel Quickley put up consecutive buckets in succession to give the Knicks a 2 point lead for the list time of the game.To make matters worse for our home town hero’s, Jrue Holiday already had 3 fouls in the first quarter. The knocks swarmed Giannas for most of the 2nd quarter but he was still able to recieve passes from Brook Lopez to get open and score. The 2nd quarter was all knicks. They reached a 9 point lead with 2 minutes and 47 seconds left. Giannas made a few impressive passes before the ball ended up in Joe Ingles hand who drained the long three to end the half.
As the third quarter starts it seems like its more of the same. Knicks forcing Bucks turnovers and our men trying hard to continue to fight on this away game. As the Bucks go back down 9, Giannis while facing Julius Randle faces up and pulls up for a nice 15 footer to bring the score back down. The Knicks did not go away as Quickley and Brunson continued to punish the bucks with patient offense and capitalizing on open looks at the basket. The Knicks reach their highest lead in the 3rd with an 11 point margin. Giannis takes matters into his own hands and powers the full length of the court for a beautiful Euro to keep the game in distance.
Our Bucks met more resistance and kept fighting, the knicks were very hot in the 3rd quarter offensively. The lead grew to a 17 point deficient. Joe Ingles and Bobby Portis paced the bucks in the 3rd with consistant effective play. Giannis also played unselfish as he drove and dished seemingly getting failed every time.Ingles corner 3 off of a Giannis assist brought this game back to the single digits. On the final drive of the 3rd quarter Ingles passes to Connoughton and he hit a Wing 3 that brought the game to a mere 5 point lead. This was a usual tight eastern conference match up. The Bucks continued to get gashed by Jalen Brunson’s mid range jumper.
As the 4th quarter wanes on Joe INGLES is on Fire! Hitting the key shot to bring the lead back to the BUCKS !! Grayson Allen also made countless 3 after 3 to help pad the bucks lead. In fact the 3 point shot saved the Bucks on this night. The Knicks did not go away. Brunson and Randle made sure to make shots as the game came to climax. Ingles throws a wonderful lob to Giannis that had Madison Square Garden on their feet. Jrue Holiday who started the game in foul trouble hits an amazing step back three that gives the bucks a 4 point lead.
Jalen Brunson did not want to lose this game however as he continued to pour in bucket after bucket and end the game with a career high of 44. The last possession ended with a full court Knicks press, Giannis getting the ball and making the usual unselfish pass to Lopez for the easy two point lay to end a roller coaster game. GO BUCKS! Bucks win 111-107 and are currently 3rd in the Eastern Conferance. Our record is 26-14.