Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Knicks Fall to Bucks on Last-Second Bucket

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Knicks Fall to Bucks on Last-Second Bucket

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MILWAUKEE - Giannis Antetokounmpo was a game-time decision a few hours earlier after turning his ankle Thursday night. And with 1.9 seconds remaining he delivered a game-deciding shot.

The Bucks young star isolated Enes Kanter up top and then spun to his left, extending his arm far out and dropping in a layup delicately placed over Kanter and Kristaps Porzingis, who tried in vain to come help. The shot sent the Knicks to a 92-90 loss at the Bradley Center.

The Knicks last chance came when Tim Hardaway Jr. tried a desperate three-pointer at the buzzer, but it missed as did almost everything else he attempted. Hardaway Jr. finished 1-for-14 - 0-for-9 from beyond the arc - after shooting 1-for-10 in Boston Wednesday.

Kanter had 17 points and 18 rebounds for the Knicks.

Hardaway, who was just 1-for-11 at the point, helped give the Knicks a brief lead as he drove to the basket, but dropped a pass off to Kristaps Porzingis with 2:16 remaining to give the Knicks a two-point lead. But Antetokounmpo answered back with a layup on the other end.

The Bucks then provided Hardaway with a little help as he drove downcourt after a turnover. Tony Snell caught up to him, but rather than defend the play, he wrapped him up, sending Hardaway to the line. But Hardaway misfired on the both free throws. He came up with the rebound, but missed again on a floater with just over a minute left. Antetokounmpo then missed on a fadeaway jumper and the Knicks grabbed the rebound and called time with 41.8 seconds remaining and the score tied at 90-90.

Jabari Parker made his first appearance of the season after suffering a second torn ACL in his brief NBA career, and even with those injuries on his resumé he was scoring with ease against the Knicks, looking more athletic than anyone on the Knicks. On a minutes limit he managed to put up 12 points in just 14 minutes. Unfortunately, most of the players not on minutes limits could not match his offensive production. When Antetokounmpo tied the score, 88-88, at the free throw line with 2:38 left the teams had each scored just 14 points in the fourth quarter.

The Knicks were tied with the Bucks, 55-55, at the half thanks to 13 points and 10 rebounds from Enes Kanter, the third straight game he has put together a double-double in the first half alone. …

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