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Bucks give the Knicks a cool dose of reality

October 28, 2022; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmue (34) shoots past New York Knicks Mitchell Robinson (23) in the second quarter at the Fiserv Forum. Mandatory credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Despite the base upgrade, the New York Knicks still have a long way to go before they can hold their own with the best players in the East.

Jalen Bronson was pushed out of his comfort zone, while Julius Randle couldn’t handle the size of the Milwaukee Bucks. The result was a shocking 119-108 loss Friday night on the road, capturing their winning streak in three straight games.

Owner of the best defense in the league, the Bucks used an 18-0 backhand in the third quarter to create the class.

Giannis Antetokounmpo went on his 40-point winning streak with a nearly three-two and was nearly unstoppable. Greek Freak had Knicks starting point Mitchell Robinson in a bug issue early on which set the tone for the game.

Antetokounmo finished with 30 points, 14 rebounds and nine assists. Teamed up with Jrue Holiday and Grayson Allen with eight points each in a pivotal third quarter.

The Knicks’ flimsy ball movement was lacking in the face of the Bucks Championship-caliber defense.

Bronson (13 points) and Randall (14 points) were saved on 3 of 10 identical shooting nights which represent the Knicks offensive problems.

Bronson takes responsibility for the loss.

“We started really slowly. A lot of this is on me, and I have to do a better job just to get out and talk and be who I am.”

Galen Bronson via MSG Network

Bronson only had assists in the low season twice against three turnovers. This was the first time he had achieved more turns than assists.

It was overtaken by Jrue Holiday. The Bucks goalkeeper has 16 points and six assists. Even defense forward Jevonne Carter outlasted Bronson with 14 points from four three-pointers.

RJ Barrett led the Knicks with 20 points, 13 in the third quarter, but missed 10 of 17 shots.

All Knicks starters had a plus-minus negative.

“We know it’s going to be a game of spurs, and in the first half I thought we competed well. We hit a lull in the third quarter, but the second shot really hurt us. Then in the end, I thought we had more urgency and we did better but you have to play for 48 minutes. against these men.

Tom Thibodeau via MSG

New York’s defense kept Milwaukee under 40 percent. But the Bucks made 109 field goal attempts, 16 more than the Knicks, largely due to his 19 offensive rebounds.

Brooke Lopez added to the Knicks’ problems with a double effort (14 points, 11 rebounds). Nicks had no answer for the Milwaukee Twin Tower.

Robinson had his moments – a block each on Antetokounmpo and Lopez – but was largely ineffective with five fouls. His assistant, Isaiah Hartenstein, tried his best but couldn’t keep up. The Knicks total 11 points, 17 rebounds, and four blocks.

The Knicks will continue their grueling two-game run in Cleveland on Sunday against Donovan Mitchell, the All-Star goalkeeper who could have used him to create holes in the Bucks defense.

Mitchell, who nearly became Nick in the off-season, came off a 41-point blast in the Cavaliers’ massive 132-123 win over Eastern Conference champions Boston Celtics on the same night.

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