The Milwaukee Bucks had no answer for New York’s top draft pick, 7-foot-3 big man Kristaps Porzingis, who scored 15 points, pulled down six rebounds and blocked five shots in 30 minutes of playing time. Porzingis also hit two-of-five from three-point range in the Knicks 100-88 win at Madison Square Garden on Sunday night.
The Bucks (15-24) were out-scored 44-32 in the paint and trailed by ten points at the half. But that deficit quickly grew to 22-points in the fourth quarter after being outscored 31-19 in the third.
Greg Monroe had 28 points and ten rebounds, but the Bucks shot just 40% from the field and made only three-of-13 from three-point range.
Khris Middleton added 20 points and Michael Carter-Williams was held to just 1-of-8 from the field, finishing with four points.
The Bucks had to play without key reserves O.J. Mayo and Jerryd Bayless, both out with injuries.
They’re back home to host the Chicago Bulls at the BMO Harris Bradley Center on Tuesday.