Giannis Antetokounmpo makes his first buzzer-beater, a step-back jumper to cap off the Bucks comeback at Madison Square Garden. The Bucks outscored the Knicks 32-17 in the final term to come out victorious 105-104.
With eight seconds to go Antetokounmpo caused Derrick Rose to lose the ball out of bounds, giving his Bucks team the final possession. The Bucks ran an isolation play for Giannis, who backed down Lance Thomas, starting on the right side of the floor, dribbling towards the middle before stepping back and making his shot at the buzzer.
“I was patient,” Antetokounmpo said about the last possession. “I knew I could shoot the ball over the top of anybody, anytime. I know he is not going to block my shot, so I just wanted to make sure I take the last shot.” Giannis finished with 27 points on 10-18 shooting from the field and finishing with 13 rebounds. “This game was a must-win game. We need this win,” Giannis said. “So thank God this one went in.”
When Milwaukee Bucks coach Jason Kidd was asked about Giannis and his game-winning shot Kidd said “He’s had some early this season that hadn’t gone down, but tonight I thought he got to his strength and he took his time. It wasn’t a rushed shot and he did the rest.”
Greg Monroe provided terrific production off the bench, shooting 7-10 from the field, scoring 18 points and adding nine rebounds.
Carmelo Anthony led all scorers for the Knicks, scoring 30 points and 11 rebounds. Rose and Kuzminskas both added 15 points each. The Knicks looked to have the game in their keeping after a 35-21 third quarter saw them take a 14 point lead into the final quarter. “We had a big lead in the beginning of the fourth and we just gave it away,” Lance Thomas who was guarding Antetokounmpo said. “It should’ve never got to that point.” A visually frustrated Carmelo Anthony said “I think we gave this one away. It’s a tough one to swallow.”
The Knicks have now given up 100 points or more in their last six games, which coincidently were all losses. Carmelo Anthony and Co will have their chance for revenge in only a day's time when they face the Bucks again, this time in Milwaukee on Saturday.