The Milwaukee Bucks and the New York Knicks tipped off the Christmas Day games in the NBA. The Knicks have been playing on this day for a long time and the Bucks haven’t played on this day since the 1970s. Giannis Antetokounmpo put on a show for Milwaukee with 30 points, 14 rebounds, three assists, two blocks, and four steals in a 109-95 win over New York.
When he exited the game in the fourth-quarter, Antetokounmpo received a standing ovation in the stands. He has had very good games in his career at Madison Square Garden.
Brook Lopez scored 20 points and blocked two shots for the Bucks. Malcolm Brogdon had a solid game with 17 points, six rebounds, four assists, and three steals. Eric Bledsoe scored 11 points and grabbed six rebounds.
The Milwaukee Bucks scored 25 bench points and Thon Maker scored 12 of them. He also grabbed three rebounds and blocked two shots. The Bucks only had a two-point half time lead, but they outscored the Knicks 61-49 in the second-half.
Kevin Knox led the New York Knicks in scoring with 21 points. This is his eighth straight game scoring in double digits. He also grabbed six rebounds and recorded three assists.
Noah Vonleh recorded a double-double with 14 points and 15 rebounds. He also blocked two shots. Tim Hardaway Jr. also recorded a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. He also recorded three assists and had one steal.
New York scored 21 bench points. Luke Korent led the Knicks in bench scoring with nine points. He also grabbed three rebounds.
These two teams will play each other one more time this season this upcoming Thursday night in Milwaukee.