Tonight in Milwaukee, the Knicks lost to the Bucks by a score of 101-98.
The Knicks lost to the worst team in the NBA tonight on a go-ahead three with 2 seconds left. The clincher came courtesy of new Knick killer, Brandon Knight.
J.R. Smith had his highest scoring game of the season, going for 30. He looked as good as he has all year. Still, the Knicks lost to the worst team in the NBA.
Melo came up one shot short tonight but was otherwise as clutch as you can ask, putting the team on his back over the final ten minutes of the game. Melo ended with 36 on 13 of 25 shooting, including 5 threes. He scored 17 of those points in the fourth quarter. And yet, still the Knicks lost to the…
After scoring 36 against the Knicks last time the teams played, Brandon Knight had 25 and 7 on 10 of 23 shooting. Oh, right, and that game winner.
Final minute recap: JR’s 28th, 29th and 30th points of the night brought the Knicks within a single point, 96-95. On the next possession, Brandon Knight did what he did all night — got himself open and hit his shot — to expand the lead to three. Melo came down and scored his 36th point with a dagger shot of his own, tying the score at 98. Instead of getting a stop and winning in OT, Brandon Knight hit a three in Felton’s eye with 2.3 seconds left. The inbound play didn’t work.
We have become numb to the notion that this team could lose when Melo scores 36. But when JR adds in 30? Unbelievable.
This was the kind of JR game we have been waiting and waiting and crying and kicking for all year. He went 9 of 17 from the field, 6-11 from behind the arc and hit all six free throws. He looked in rhythm all night, especially in the second quarter before Melo got going. Best JR night of the year.
Ray Felton was gross. He went 1 of 7 from the field for a whopping three points on the night. His seven dimes barely registered given how many times he got burned by the Bucks backcourt. Not a night for Knicks fans to feel good about their PG play.
The Knicks played lazy defense in the second quarter, doubling on most everything and not recovering to defend the open men. The Bucks took full advantage, scoring 32 second quarter points, leading to a seven point halftime lead. Down the stretch, the Bucks just \ made plays and hit their shots. The Knicks didn’t inexplicably leave guys wide open, but they didn’t come up with enough stops.
With 4:06 left in the second quarter, the Bucks took the lead. They never trailed again. Yikes.
Next Game: The Knicks host the Blazers on Wednesday night back at MSG at 8pm.