In an emotional night at the BMO Harris Bradley Center that was highlighted by the return of Jabari Parker, the Bucks were able to eek out a 92-90 victory over the New York Knicks. It was ugly in multiple facets, but Milwaukee got what mattered the most in the end.
An energy-filled first quarter (one that featured Jabari getting his groove back) finished with the Knicks maintaining a single point advantage, 29-28. Jabari’s first stint resulted in seven points in five minutes, and he barely showed any rust. However, despite the added boost, Milwaukee played down to the Knicks and headed into half all knotted up at 55 apiece.
Not too much would change in the third quarter. A tie would be the end result, as the score was neck-and-neck headed to the fourth. And man, what an exciting final period of action it was. Back and forth in nail-biting fashion, Milwaukee eventually came out on top thanks to an INSANE spin-move layup from who else but Giannis Antetokounmpo:
The Giannis Antetokounmpo game-winner that'll make your head spin pic.twitter.com/4kYmgYQeiZ
— Sporting News (@sportingnews) 3 лютого 2018 р.
The Knicks had a final chance to win the game following that, but a 29-foot 3-point attempt from Tim Hardaway Jr. bounced off the iron, sealing the 92-90 victory for the Bucks.
As you probably expected, Antetokounmpo was the leading scorer for the home squad, racking up 29 points. Jabari Parker was the only other scorer to finish in double figures for Milwaukee, as he came away with 12 points in his 14:48 played. It was slim scoring the rest of the way down the stat sheet.
For New York, Kristaps Porzingis and Enes Kanter highlighted their team’s efforts with 17 points apiece. Courtney Lee had 13 of his own and Jarrett Jack finished with 11 points (NOTE: How is Jarrett Jack still in the league, it seems like it was eons ago when he was with Georgia Tech in the National Championship against UConn).