When it rains it pours and that is the case for the New York Knicks during their six-game losing streak. Their latest defeat came to the Milwaukee Bucks last night as the Giannis Antetokounmpo hit the game-winning shot at the buzzer.
The worst part of the loss was the Knicks had a 14 point lead to start the 4th quarter. The Knicks and Bucks were tied at the half and they had a huge third quarter outscoring the Bucks 35-21. It appeared the Knicks had turned the corner on their recent struggles but in the fourth quarter they completely fell apart.
Perhaps with the 14 point lead, they felt like they had the game in the bag and took their foot off the gas pedal. They did not come out with the right intensity level to start the 4th quarter and the Bucks began to take to them.
The Bucks began chipping away at the lead and before you knew it they closed the gap to a point. With 32 seconds remaining in the game, the Knicks had the ball but the best player on the team Carmelo Anthony for some reason did not take the shot. Instead, it was Lance Thomas who missed a 21-foot jumper with 12 seconds remaining.
The Knicks, however, caught a break as Bucks forward Jabari Parker miss timed his jump and missed the rebound as Courtney Lee secured the ball and was fouled by Parker. The Knicks were not in the penalty yet and had to inbound the ball one more time.
Derrick Rose was too close to the baseline as the ball was inbounded to him, which makes it a dangerous pass. Antetokounmpo appeared to foul Rose as he was coming towards the ball but it was not called and he deflected the pass off of Rose’s knee giving the Bucks the ball with 8 seconds left.
Antetokounmpo received the ball and was isolated with Lance Thomas. As the clock was winding down nobody bothered to come help as Antetokounmpo faded away hitting the shot as the clock ran out.
After the game, the Knicks were trying to keep a positive attitude as they felt like they took a step in the right direction especially with their defense. But is there really any positive after blowing a 14 point lead?
The Knicks have dropped from 5th place in the East to being out of a playoff spot as they are currently in 10th place. They are back out tomorrow on ESPN against Bucks for another chance to end their losing streak.
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