The New York Knicks exacted some revenge on the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night, overcoming a 13-point fourth-quarter deficit and a hole as large as 18 to win 116-111 in BMO Harris Bradley Center.
Trailing since the beginning of the second quarter, Carmelo Anthony knocked down a go-ahead three-pointer with less than a minute left in the game to spark the Knicks’ win shortly after Kristaps Porzingis fouled out.
Anthony led all scorers with 26 points to go with 10 assists on the night, while Porzingis added 24 points and six rebounds.
This came just two days after Giannis Antetokounmpo hit a buzzer-beater at Madison Square Garden to down the Knicks and complete a 14-point fourth-quarter comeback.
He and Jabari Parker each put up 25 points on Friday, but Antetokounmpo also added six rebounds, five blocks and two steals.
Like Wednesday night, the Knicks got off to a nice start with a 9-0 run to open up the game. But the Bucks would counter with a 17-4 run of their own spurred by Antetokounmpo, via the NBA:
Giannis is off to a hot start; he’s got 11 points in the first 6 minutes on ESPN! #OwnTheFuture #NBARapidReplay pic.twitter.com/yFC94OvgkO
— NBA (@NBA) January 7, 2017
But New York had a talented, versatile big man of its own with Porzingis, who made his return on Friday after missing the last three games with a sore Achilles, via the Knicks:
REPLAY: @kporzee got ‘em with the shake! #NYKvsMIL #Knicks#NBAVote #NYKtoNOLA pic.twitter.com/6ftW58clTi
— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) January 7, 2017
He and Antetokounmpo provided a tantalizing matchup for basketball fans, even though Porzingis was limited at times upon his return.
Josh Eberley of Hoop magazine likened the meeting to that of myth given that these were two young, 7-foot players who possess game-changing skills:
Man, Giannis and Porzingis must really be going at it… pic.twitter.com/Roju9Dcu3s
— Josh Eberley 🇨🇦 (@JoshEberley) January 7, 2017
Mashable’s Sam Laird thought he just stepped out of a time machine:
Seeing Kristaps Porzingis play against Giannis Antetokounmpo is like time-traveling 100 years forward then watching some future hoops
— Sam Laird (@samcmlaird) January 7, 2017
A closely contested first half was blown open thanks …