Giannis Antetokounmpo not only dropped 29 points, but he hit the game-winning layup to defeat the Knicks, 92-90, in Milwaukee.
With second left on the clock, the Greek Freak sprinted through the lane and banked a layup off the glass over Kristaps Porzingis to go up two with 1.9 left. Tim Hardaway Jr. threw a desperation-three toward the hoop on the ensuing inbound, but it didn't have a chance.
Hardaway had a bad game from the field, shooting just 1-for-14 including 0-of-9 from beyond the arc. He finished with six points thanks to 4-for-7 from the free throw line.
Enes Kanter and Porzingis both had a team-high 17 points, but it was Kanter who was more efficient. He went 8-for-13 from the field with 18 rebounds, while Porzingis was 6-for-15.
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Another night, another heartbreaking Knicks loss in a game they could have won. They are now 23-30, an embarrassing 7-21 on the road, and four games behind the Sixers for the playoffs. Once that number hits four and beyond, a chance at the playoffs starts to evaporate faster and faster.
Kristaps Porzingis didn't play his best tonight, but this loss may fall a lot on Tim Hardaway Jr. He was dreadful, shooting 1-of-14 from the field, 0-for-9 from downtown, and missing two key free throws that would have put the Knicks ahead in the final minute.
Something is up with Hardaway. He looks like he has been either aiming his shots lately, or changing his delivery. His shot is not as smooth as it was, and tonight and Wednesday against the Celtics, he looks like a different player. All these missed shots also have him losing almost all of his confidence to attack the rack and be aggressive. Maybe he re-aggravated his leg injury and it is affecting his shot, but without him making anything, it's impossible for the Knicks to win games. When Hardaway is on, it takes the load off Porzingis.
In daily Jeff Hornacek news, how does Trey Burke not even see the floor tonight? Why is he getting no minutes, especially when Ron Baker is out? It's impossible to even fathom at this point. You're without Baker for likely the rest of the season. At this rate, Joakim Noah may get cut. Yet Burke and Willy Hernangomez don't step on the floor.
It's beyond frustrating and senseless for a head coach to be this awful at his job.
What's Next: The Knicks return home to face the Hawks in a matinee on Sunday at 12 p.m.