Milwaukee Bucks win without Antetokounmpo as they continue winning streak

Malcolm Brogdon scored 24 points and Eric Bledsoe had 23 points and nine assists, helping the short-handed Milwaukee Bucks overcome the loss of leading scorer Giannis Antetokounmpo to a sore left knee and cruise to a 112-97 victory over the New York Knicks on Wednesday night.

Milwaukee won for the eighth time in nine games despite the absence of both Antetokounmpo and guard Eric Bledsoe (sprained right ankle). Antetokounmpo has been bothered by the knee all season.

Milwaukee’s resistance finally began wearing down in the fourth quarter as the Knicks closed within 87-81. But the Bucks stayed ahead after Oshae Brissett’s dunk and Milwaukee went on a 9-2 run capped by Brogdon’s running layup to stretch its lead to 100-87.

Robin Lopez scored 19 points and Enes Kanter had 18 points and 12 rebounds for the Knicks, who are now a league-worst 8-67. New York has dropped 13 of 15.

Milwaukee led by as many as 16 in the first half and 10 early in the third quarter as the Bucks built a 78-68 lead.

Antetokounmpo injured his knee in the third quarter and sat out the rest of the game. Eric Bledsoe missed his fourth straight game with the same injury.

The Bucks made only 10 field goals in the third quarter, but were still able to break open a close game.

Knicks guard Trey Burke came off the bench to score eight points in a short-lived 1:51 stretch that cut the deficit to 75-70. Milwaukee was up 82-73 going into the fourth quarter.

New York had a chance to move within two after the first quarter, but a turnover after Frank Ntilikina’s hook shot opened a 17-13 advantage for the Bucks.

The teams traded the lead early in the second quarter before rookie Lonnie Walker IV hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to put the Bucks up 53-48 at halftime.

New York played a second straight game without rookie center Mitchell Robinson (left adductor).

TIP-INS

Bucks: Antetokounmpo was elected to his third straight All-Star game earlier Wednesday. … Bledsoe received a loud ovation after his opener, but was booed the next time he touched the ball in the final 3 minutes.

Knicks: Rookie Ntilikina missed his second consecutive game with a sprained left wrist. … Robinson remained sidelined. … Ntilikina is slated to be re-evaluated next week.

UP NEXT

Bucks: At Philadelphia on Friday.

Knicks: Host Detroit on Friday.

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