Giannis Antetokounmpo Sinks Knicks With Last-Second Jumper


Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) after his jumper from the free-throw line capped a Bucks comeback from a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit.

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As Giannis Antetokounmpo backpedaled down the floor of Madison Square Garden, gazelle-like strides propelling him in his moment of glory, the Bucks chased him, waiting to envelop their hero.

It was a felicitous ending to a tortuous night for Milwaukee. They had started the fourth quarter down by 14, but here they were, celebrating a 105-104 win over the Knicks. Floating a jumper over the arms of Lance Thomas while fading away from the free-throw line, Antetokounmpo had nailed a buzzer-beater that extended the Knicks’ losing streak to six games.

Another wretched end for the Knicks, another bitter defeat, all seeping in as Carmelo Anthony stood on that same court, stone-faced and sullen. His hands at his hips, he shook his head again and again, rubbing his right temple. What else could he do? The Knicks had played well for most of the night, had built up a double-digit lead and had even played competent…

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