They finally did it!
After Thursday’s 76-54 loss to Golden State Warriors, the Knicks (4-1) concluded their Las Vegas Summer League slate with a big win against the Bucks.
Giannis Antetokounmpo’s older brother, Thanasis, led the Knicks with 17 points and was 7 for 7 from the field. Ricky Ledo, the American-Puerto Rican shooting guard, added 15 points and Jerian Grant had 11 for New York (4-1).
The Knicks did not use No. 4 overall draft choice Kristaps Porzingis though, the 7-foot-2 center who impressed observers during the NBA Summer League play, as per instructed by Coach Derick Fisher.
According to the Knicks, the 19-year-old Latvian who averaged 10.5 points, 1.8 blocks and 3.3 rebounds per game and shot 48 percent from the field, did not play in his team’s final win because he needed rest. The rumors that he was injured or he played poorly were not true at all.
On the other side of the court, the Bucks (1-5) used just eight players in the game due to injuries that sidelined Damien Inglis, Johnny O’Bryant and Jerome Randle.
Bucks rookie guard Rashad Vaughn scored a team-high 20 points on 6-for-18 shooting but was just 2 of 9 from three-point range.
Kevin Jones contributed 19 points and eight rebounds, and guard Sean Kilpatrick added 16 points.
The Bucks led at halftime, 36-34, but the Knicks outscored Milwaukee, 28-17, in the decisive third quarter.
Though Milwaukee got 55 points from Vaughn, Kilpatrick and Jones and a 5p/12r/4b line from Micheal Eric, it wasn’t enough to overcome a more talented Knicks squad led by Thanasis and Ricky who contributed more points in the game.
Indeed, Fisher’s group was able to show the public that the team could do better this time, and that its slow rebuilding would result to better outcome until the next season of NBA comes.
With this progress on the New York’s side, we can really see aggressive players seeking for a better NBA season this year. There’s no doubt that the lackluster team of Phil Jackson would be able to bounce back this time. Hopefully!