The New York Knicks made big shot and tough shot time and time again, allowing them to come back for a 136-134 overtime victory over teh Milwaukee Bucks Saturday at Madison Square Garden.
Making an incredible 20 of 34 shots from 3-point range, the Knicks (8-16) overcame a 16-point second-half deficit, sending the game to overtime at 124-124 on Emmanuel Mudiay’s leaning 3-pointer with 24.1 seconds left.
Giannis Antetokounmpo’s turnaround jumper for the win did not draw iron.
Mudiay made two more 3-pointers in the overtime period, and Damyean Dotson’s triple with 1:09 left gave the Knicks the lead for good at 135-134.
Eric Bledsoe missed a 3-pointer with 48 seconds left, but got the ball after a scramble for the rebound. He drove to the basket and did not get a call despite a healthy dose of contact.
The Bucks got the ball back again after Mudiay lost control of the rebound. This time, Antetokounmpo backed down but came up short on a half-hook from the lane.
Mudiay kept the Bucks (15-7) alive by missing 1 of 2 free throws with 9.7 seconds left.
Bledsoe again went to the basket and again was met with harsh contact. Again, no whistle, but a scramble on the floor led to a jump ball with 2.7 seconds left. Antetokounmpo tapped the ball to Brook Lopez near the basket, and Lopez was fouled by Mitchell Robinson with 1.2 seconds left.
Lopez was 21 of 23 on free throws (91.7%) through the first six weeks of the season, but he missed the first. Lopez intentionally missed the second, and Antetokounmpo managed to grab rebound. But too far under the basket, Antetokoumpo couldn’t get a shot up or a call.
Mudiay led the Knicks with 28 points, including 4-of-5 shooting on threes. Kevin Knox added 26, including 5-of-12 on 3-pointers. Dotson added 21, going 5 for 5 behind the arc. Noah Vonleh added 15 points and went 3 for 3 on 3-pointers.
Antetokounmpo led the Bucks with a monster game of 33 points, 19 rebounds and seven assists. Bledsoe added 27 and Malcolm Brogdon had 22.
Khris Middleton played just 18 minutes, none in the fourth quarter or overtime, despite being healthy. He was just 3 for 11 at that point and 0 for 5 on shots inside the arc.
The Bucks had possessions in the closing minute of overtime where a big shot was needed, yet coach Mike Budenholzer kept Middleton, one of his best shooters, on the bench.