For the second straight night, the Knicks never led during Saturday's 123-102 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. >> Box Score
Five things to know from Saturday's game
1) Similar to Friday night, the Knicks came out of the gates very slowly. Milwaukee jumped out to a 17-4 lead in the first three minutes of the game, and they were on fire from beyond the arc, eventually sinking their first six three-point attempts. But to the Knicks' credit, they didn't fold completely, fighting their way back into the game. Still, the Bucks were up by 14 points at the half.
In the second half, things started to fall apart. Thanks in part to hot three-point shooting and Giannis Antetokounmpo taking over, the Knicks found themselves down by 23 midway through the third. All five Bucks' starters scored in double-digits without playing many minutes in the fourth, with Khris Middleton leading the way at 23 points.
2) Elfrid Payton got the start for the Knicks at point guard, with Mike Miller moving Frank Ntilikina to the bench. Payton only scored six points, but he added 10 assists (compared to just two turnovers) and showed his ability to orchestrate the offense.
3) Antetokounmpo recorded a triple-double by the end of the third quarter. After scoring nine points in the first half, the Greek Freak had 16 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists before the fourth quarter even started. Miller said before the game that the Knicks would have to play team defense to shut Antetokounmpo down, but it just wasn't enough. He finished with 22/11/10.
4) Julius Randle led the Knicks in scoring with 20 points. The power forward also added eight rebounds and two assists. He shot 9-of-17 from the floor.
5) Coming off of a 30-point night on Friday against the Heat, Bobby Portis had a quiet night on Saturday, scoring just seven points on 2-of-9 shooting. Kevin Knox did chip in with 19 points off the bench and was 4-of-6 from three-point range.
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RJ ➡MITCH pic.twitter.com/8jvoZOkdUV- NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) December 22, 2019
After a day off on Sunday, the Knicks will remain home for a matchup with the Wizards on Monday. Opening tip is set for 7:00 PM.