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Giannis, Bucks look to keep rolling against Knicks

According to STATS
According to STATS

New York Knicks at Milwaukee Bucks

  1. The Bucks took three of four from the Knicks last season and have won eight of the last nine meetings. They've won five straight over New York in Milwaukee, their longest home winning streak in the series since taking nine in a row between 1984-86.
  2. The Bucks rolled to an easy 137-96 victory over Charlotte on Saturday to push their winning streak to 11 and improve to 17-3, matching the 1970-71 and 1971-72 teams for the best 20-game start in franchise history. Milwaukee's winning streak is the team's longest since the 1984-85 team also won 11 in a row.
  3. Milwaukee scored at least 130 for the third time in seven games Saturday, and has reached the 130-point mark 20 times since the start of last season -- four more than Golden State for the most in the NBA.
  4. Giannis Antetokounmpo had 26 points and nine rebounds in a season-low 20 minutes Saturday as his season-opening double-double streak ended at 19 games -- the longest by any player in the last 30 seasons. He scored at least 30 in all four games vs. the Knicks last season, joining LeBron James in 2013-14 as the only players in the last 20 seasons with four 30-point games vs. New York in a single season.
  5. The Knicks' losing streak reached a season-high six games with Sunday's 113-104 defeat to the Celtics. New York was outscored 32-19 in the fourth quarter, and has been outscored by an average of 8.3 points in the fourth in its last three games.
  6. Marcus Morris, who sat Sunday with a neck injury, shot 56.1 percent on 82 3-point attempts in November. It was the highest 3-point percentage by a Knick in the month of November with a minimum of 50 attempts since 1988-89, when Trent Tucker shot 58.8 percent on 51 tries.
(AP Photo/Aaron Gash)

Giannis Antetokounmpo made his NBA debut in a five-minute cameo against the New York Knicks on Oct. 30, 2013, at Madison Square Garden, and he scored 10 points in his first NBA start while facing the Knicks on Dec. 18, 2013.

Six years later, Antetokounmpo has made a habit of consistently dominating the Knicks, and these days the forward and the rest of the Milwaukee Bucks are running roughshod over the rest of the NBA.

Antetokounmpo and the Bucks attempt to run their winning streak to 12 games Monday night when they host the Knicks.

The Bucks are 8-1 in their last nine meetings, the one loss a 136-134 overtime affair in New York on Dec. 1, 2018, when Milwaukee blew a 16-point lead.

For his career, Antetokounmpo is averaging 20.7 points on 50.2 percent shooting, and Milwaukee is 15-3 against the Knicks with him in the starting lineup since the 2013-14 season. Antetokounmpo has scored at least 30 points in his last five games against the Knicks and has a double-double in his last eight games against New York.

Milwaukee's three losses this season are by a combined 19 points. Since losing on a buzzer-beating 3-pointer by Bojan Bogdanovic Nov. 8 in Utah, the Bucks are on their longest winning streak since also winning 11 in a row Jan. 9-Feb. 2, 1985.

A win on Monday would give Milwaukee 12 straight victories for the first time since Jan. 26-Feb. 21, 1982, and would be its sixth winning streak of at least 12 games in team history.

Antetokounmpo is averaging 30.9 points and 13.4 rebounds this season, and during Milwaukee's winning streak he is averaging 32.4 points and 12.7 rebounds while shooting 55.1 percent.

Antetokounmpo had a double-double in every game this season until Saturday's 137-96 rout over Charlotte when he finished with 26 points and nine rebounds while playing 19:37. His season-opening streak of double-doubles left him well short of Bill Walton's 34 straight in 1976-77 with Portland.

"He's doing amazing things and there's more to come," coach Mike Budenholzer said after Milwaukee's most lopsided win this season. "We're trying to have conversations with him about being healthy and fresh and how important that is. Pretty incredible if you're being mentioned with the greats of our game."

The Knicks enter at 4-16, matching their worst 20-game start in team history. The Knicks matched the mark set by the 2014-15 team when they took a 113-104 home loss to the Boston Celtics on Sunday afternoon.

The Knicks are on a six-game losing streak and 2-8 since team president Steve Mills gave a lengthy press conference following a blowout home loss to Cleveland on Nov. 10. The Knicks sustained their latest loss by getting outscored 32-19 in the fourth and 26-11 in the last 8:01, two days after blowing a 16-point lead to Philadelphia.

"We came out and played hard," Knicks rookie RJ Barrett said. "Even in those moments we still got to stick together and make the right plays."

Julius Randle led the Knicks with 26 points but New York was without leading scorer Marcus Morris (neck spasms) and lost starting point guard Frank Ntilikina (sore back) after the first quarter. Morris, who leads the Knicks in scoring at 18.7 points per game, was replaced by struggling second-year forward Kevin Knox, who scored 11 after not playing Friday.

--Field Level Media

Updated December 2, 2019

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