By Max Marcilla
Knicks 98 Bucks 101
In a disastrous season, the Knicks have reached a new low point, which may not even be the low point of the season.
The Bucks came in losers of 15 of their last 16, but took advantage of their opportunity playing a very bad team on their home court, something the Knicks have yet to do.
The entire game was a struggle to get over the hump. New York fought, but as soon as they came within a basket or two of tying Milwaukee, the momentum shifted to the Bucks side, and after a blink the Bucks had an 8-10 point lead.
Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith lead a Knicks offense that finally started to get things going late in the game, but it was a pitiful defensive performance down the stretch that cost the Knicks.
In a 96-95 game, with the Bucks in the lead, Brandon Knight made a back door cut, beating Knicks guard Raymond Felton, and made an uncontested lay-up.
On the ensuing possession, Anthony, who posted a game high 36 points, nailed a three ball to tie up the game at 98.
Following Melo’s big game-tying three pointer with 27 seconds left, the Knicks needed a stop to try to push this contest into an overtime session. That’s when 6’3” Brandon Knight stepped up over 6’1” Raymond Felton and drained a long ball right in his face, to give the Bucks the lead.
Following a desperation miss by Anthony, the game was over, and New York dropped to a remarkably bad 19-29 record.
This was a big game for the Knicks, who needed to bounce back strongly after a bad outing against Miami, as they had a chance to capitalize. Facing off against the worst team in the NBA, the Knicks had their opportunity, but a lack of defense when it was needed most killed any chance New York had at getting that big win.
As has been the story all season, opposing teams know the Knicks cannot stop point guards, and Brandon Knight had a big night yet again against Felton. Knight finished with 25 points to lead Milwaukee.
This is a loss that has surpassed a home loss to Philadelphia as the worst loss of this year, and with the way the Knicks are playing, it doesn’t look like things will get consistently better.
Coming up for New York are the Portland Trail Blazers in Portland, and at home against the Denver Nuggets, two western conference teams with talented young point guards.