For one night, there were no signs of the doldrums that have haunted the BMO Harris Bradley Center during Milwaukee Bucks games this season. Instead, there was life. There was raucous cheering. And there was a Bucks victory. The party reached a head when, with 1.4 seconds left in a tie game, Bucks point guard Brandon Knight swished a three-pointer to lift Milwaukee to a 101-98 victory over the New York Knicks on Monday night. "They had been switching on pick-and-rolls all night and the shot clock was winding down, so I just didn't want to get into a situation where they could trap me or just switch," said Knight, who led the Bucks with 25 points and seven assists. "I walked it down, got into a rhythm and was able to knock down the shot." The Bucks (9-39) played the final 2:59 with no timeouts after their last was used when Larry Sanders fouled out. Coach Larry Drew had to draw up plays during timeouts that the Knicks called while also preparing his team to try to stop Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith, who scored 36 and 30 points, respectively. It wasn't the ideal situation, but the Bucks made it work, scoring on five of their last six possessions. "We executed the plays out of timeouts," Drew said. "We got the looks that we wanted." The look that Knight got on the final play might not have been the best one, but Khris Middleton, who had 19 points while hitting 5 three-pointers of his own, said he and his teammates trust Knight in that scenario. "That's his shot," Middleton said. "He loves that little step-back, half-dribble three. We all have confidence that he's going to make the shot in that situation and he did." On any other day, Knight alone would have been in the spotlight, but he shared it Monday with Giannis Antetokounmpo. With his family watching him play in the NBA for the first time after arriving from Greece on Sunday, the rookie had what was probably the best quarter of his career. Most importantly for the Bucks, that big quarter came in the fourth when they needed him to step up. Giannis' parents, Charles and Veronica, and his brothers, Alexandros and Kostas, sat a few rows off the court directly in front of team owner Herb Kohl. They clapped politely when Giannis checked in for the first time, but as the game wore on, members of the Antetokounmpo clan grew more animated.
Brandon Knight's dramatic three lifts Bucks
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Feb 4