The Rundown: Bucks stop Knicks’ four-game win streak

Published January 10, 2023, 3:00 PMPolo Bustamante

The Bucks rallied back from 17 points down to steal the win in Madison Square Garden.


Pelicans 132, Wizards 112

Celtics 107, Bulls 99

Bucks 111, Knicks 107

Grizzlies 121, Spurs 113

Nuggets 122, Lakers 109

Kings 136, Magic 111

What went down

Madison Square Garden is a special place to play in. Several superstars have come into the iconic arena and had big games. After the stinker he put up in his last game, it seemed like Giannis Antetokounmpo was due for a monster performance.

Unfortunately the streaking New York Knicks would not let him or the Milwaukee Bucks get going. The Knicks limited the Bucks to just 46 first half points in a strong defensive effort.

Things got worse for the Bucks in the second half, as Jalen Brunson led the Knicks on a 19-7 run to blow the game wide open. Instead of Antetokounmpo, it was Brunson who was on a heater in MSG.

With a special game out of the picture, the Bucks decided to dig deep and get back in the game. The Bucks executed better and their shots finally started falling. That opened up the runway for Antetokounmpo to attack the paint.

Milwaukee chipped away at the New York lead and put themselves in the position to steal the win in the end game. Jrue Holiday, who was saddled with foul trouble for most of the game, came up big in the final minutes of the game with a key assist and two huge clutch shots to seal the win.

Antetokounmpo finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds, while Holiday had 15 points and nine assists. Brunson led the Knicks with a career-high 44 points.

Antetokounmpo and the Bucks didn’t get their special game in MSG. But they’re more than happy to leave with the win.

Big-time baller

Jayson Tatum’s evolution from scorer to all-around superstar is nothing short of amazing. He could always be counted for a bucket but in the past two years, Tatum is filling the holes for the Boston Celtics with his awesome play.

With the Celtics missing their main playmaker, Marcus Smart, in today’s game against the Chicago Bulls, Tatum stepped up to fill that role.

He led the team with seven assists to keep the ball moving around for the team. He rounded out his statline with a game-high 32 points and tied the team-high for rebounds with eight.

What he said

Coach Mike Brown was hyped after today’s win.

You would be too if your team dropped 42 points in the paint. The Sacramento Kings were relentlessly attacking the paint against the Orlando Magic. That, in turn, opened up their opportunities from beyond the arc where they shot 50 percent on 36 shots.

That’s a vicious cycle Brown would want to see again. Attack and open up the outside, attack and open up the outside, attack and open up the outside.

Did you see that?

Nikola Jokic is amazing. That’s it. That’s the tweet.