MILWAUKEE – Enes Kanter threw Giannis Antetokounmpo to the ground, but the "Greek Freak" knocked out the Knicks again.
Another change to the starting lineup resulted in another loss as the Knicks continued their long tortuous path to the league's bottom league.
But the desperation to launch 7-foot-1 center did not look bad for Luke Kornet over Kanter in a 112-96 defeat to Milwaukee on Thursday when the Bucks made a homecoming-and-home series.
Kanter may have been so charged with the threat that he knocked the Bucks Superstar to the ground – even if he threw the Turkish strongman out of the game with a highly questionable ejection.
Kanter, who had previously received a three-mark cut over his eye after taking an elbow from Thon Maker, was furious after the game. He accused Buck's assistant coach Darvin Ham of having run him from behind during the cleanup.
The good-shooting Kornet scored a season high of 23 points, which made his career high and he reached 7 out of 1
It was not enough when Antetokounmpo scored 24 points in the second half. His 31 points.
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The Knicks facing Utah on Saturday are only halfway through Game of overtaking the 8-27 Cavaliers for the worst REC of the NBA Ord.
The Kanter vs. "Greek Freak" came left at 9:56 am when the Bucks star drove to the basket and Knicks' center hit him slapped his face with his left hand as he hit the ball
The officials missed the foul when Antetokounmpo fell to the ground like a heavyweight boxer – dazed and in pain. Kanter stared at the defeated MVP candidate and mocked the crowd as the game continued.
Antetokounmpo got up and ran straight for Kanter, shoving him from behind. Kanter got on with the "Greek Freak" and exchanged furious words before the players parted.
After a five-minute review, the officers decided to give Kanter two technical details and send him as showers. The fans sent him off. Antetokounmpo only got a technician and stayed there.
Meanwhile, Knicks rookie lottery specialist Kevin Knox had seen his series of over 15 points come to an end in eight direct games. He was 4 to 15 for 12 points and zero assists.
This was at least closer than at Christmas when the Bucks blew the Knicks in the second half of the Garden on the way to a 109-95 win.
The Knicks got off to a great start with their new line-up on Thursday, taking a 23-13 lead eight minutes later. With the help of Kornet's presence, the Knicks moved the ball with more sovereignty. Kornet hit his first two 3-pointers.
In eight minutes, Kornet scored eight points (3 out of 5) with three assists before he was replaced by Kanter with the Knicks 23-16.
Center Brook Lopez (17 points) and the Bucks soon rolled and joined in after one of 28-24. The Knicks fell back by 48-39 seconds before Knox hit his last two half-shots after a rough start and reduced the Bucks' lead to 53-48 in the break.
After a 2 of 9 At the beginning Knox finished in the 4: 11-shooting half with nine points. The Bucks, however, got a boost when Knox flew to the edge and slipped over the "Greek Freak" and knocked the ball away. Moments later, he grabbed a rebound and sprinted the length of the court for a dunk.
The move to Cornet and the Courtney Lee sentry over the ill Tim Hardaway Jr. sharpened the Knicks defense and kept the Bucks at 53 points.
Antetokounmpo scored only seven in the first half and shot home with 3 of 9. Kornet's height and long arms are in contrast to Kanter, who has never been known for his speed and defense on the ball.
The Knicks, who had shot 36 percent at Christmas, ended on Thursday at 37.1 percent.