To the surprise of many Knicks fans, New York blew out the Milwaukee Bucks by a score of 130-110. Both teams are now 1-2 on the season.
Julius Randle led the way for the Knicks tonight with 29 points, 14 rebounds, and seven assists. It even seems that Randle has turned a corner in part to Tom Thibodeau’s tutelage.
Despite having a really bad game yesterday against the Philadelphia 76ers, Elfrid Payton put on a clinic. He recorded 27 points, seven assists and shot 12 of 16 from the field. He also knocked down three of three from downtown. This was clearly Payton’s best game as a Knick.
Khris Middleton scored 22 points, shooting eight of 18. He also shot one of six from downtown.
The Knicks pulled off the ultimate upset against the Milwaukee Bucks tonight. This couldn’t be done without their tremendous scoring. New York shot 54 percent from the field. Aspiringly, the team also shot 59 percent from downtown, nailing 16 of 27 jumpers.
Julius Randle looks as though he’s turning a corner, nailing some threes and passing the ball around. Defensively, he neutralized Giannis Antetokounmpo, showing signs of improvement on the defensive side of the ball.
Elfrid Payton had a breakout game to silence the doubters, connecting from downtown and driving in the paint consistently.
RJ Barrett had a decent bounce-back night, scoring 17 points in 38 minutes. He also collected a steal with eight rebounds and four assists.
Alec Burks continued his hot shooting off the bench. He scored 18 points while hitting four of five shots from downtown.
Mitchell Robinson’s defense against bigs looked improved, showing patience when opposing players like Giannis Antetokounmpo and Bobby Portis posted up. He was never faked out once.
Frank Ntilikina came off the bench and turned into a lightning rod. He finally showed confidence in his jump shot. Ntilikina scored 12 points, all from three-point range, a rarity for him. He needs to show more confidence like this so he can finally break the rotation when everyone is healthy again.
Bucks Struggle Against the Knicks
The Bucks sure looked startled by the Knicks tonight. Milwaukee couldn’t defend the three at all despite the Knicks’ lack of shooters.
Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton were the only Bucks in double digits tonight. Otherwise, the other factors in the starting lineup and bench were a disappointment.
Jrue Holiday shot four for 10 from the field, only scoring eight points. His defense never played a factor.
Donte DiVincenzo scored 10 points on four of seven from the field.
The Bucks clearly disappointed. It’s either they shot terribly or the Knicks came to play on defense.
The Knicks are traveling to Cleveland to meet the Cavaliers on Tuesday at seven o’clock. The Bucks will also play Tuesday as they travel to Miami to face the Heat at 7:30 P.M.