Knicks – Bucks: Jrue Holiday ruined Jalen Brunson’s big night

The previous meeting between the two teams this season at Madison Square Garden in November already resulted in a victory for bucksafter a crazy “done”.

A little over a month later, the scenario repeated itself, as the Wisconsin squad once again grabbed the victory in epic conditions, dramatically coming back from a 17-point deficit to win in a suspenseful finish. , at the end of a “money -hour” where Jrue vacation is the boss. Author of two big award-winning shots after a pair of free throws in the final minutes to topple the Knicksthe leader of Milwaukee, however, in a bad start with 3 mistakes in the first quarter, really pulled out all the stops, on the most legendary stage in the league.

All in all, however, it was a long marathon for Mike Budenholzer’s men, dominated head and shoulders for three quarters, thanks to an uninspired attack, very well neutralized by an exemplary Knicks defense. But Giannis Antetokounmpo and his teammates managed to turn around before waking up in time, and it was fatal for the residents of “MSG”, who were physically injured at the end of the match.

The latter, the authors of their best defensive game in three quarters before collapsing in the final action, will surely regret not being able to bring home the point when the Bucks falter, especially as the loss is came to break the new career record of Jalen Brunson (44 points), but should also be encouraged by their release. Despite the deep shooting crap (38%), Tom Thibodeau’s men confirmed that they can push a cador from the Eastern Conference to their limit by relying solely on their defense, which is ranked in Top 10 of the league this season (9th best mark).

WHAT YOU SHOULD REMEMBER

A game of stragglers from the Bucks. We didn’t give the Bucks much skin, as the Knicks went up by 17 points in the second quarter, thanks to an oppressive defense that disrupted the opposing offense. But like we said, an NBA game is a marathon, not a sprint, and the Bucks gained their composure when it mattered most: at the finish. The change of momentum also contacted at the end of the third quarter, when the visitors closed this third period with 20-8 to get back to five units of the Knicks (78-73). Then, for the first time in the game, the offense really got going, in the final quarter, by scoring 38 points (including 7 game-winning shots) against a Knicks defense that, also for the first time in the game, is gradually losing. his signs are small. Cruel for one team, epic for another.

Jrue Holiday, ” 0 to 100 really fast ». In the words of rapper Drake. Because like a racing car that will go from 0 to 100 km / h in a fraction of a second, the leader of the Bucks, very far from the mark throughout the first three quarters and the beginning of the fourth, furiously increased the power in l for a few seconds, in “money time” when his team needed a savior. At the beginning of the match, when he joined the bench about five minutes later after picking up a third foul, no one could have guessed that he would be the executioner of Madison Square Garden, almost two hours later. Somewhat logically out of rhythm, due to a long stint on the bench in the first period, the Bucks point guard did not weigh in on his team’s attack, also suffered on defense against an elusive Jalen Brunson . He didn’t waver in the final moments, however, when he coolly calmed the Knicks and their home crowd, with two big steps back off the screen, then a pair of free throws to finish the job. .

Julius Randle’s weird (but good) game. We talked above about Jrue Holiday’s slow start to the game due to fouls, but the start to the game has been just as painful for Julius Randle. For another reason: sloppiness on shots, the Knicks’ powerful winger ends the first quarter with 2 points on… 1/12 on shots! In the entire meeting, it gives a terrible 9/29 (for 25 points), including an incredible 1/12 behind the arc. And yet: the MIP 2021 signed a good fight, as it compensated for the worst night of its season in shootings with a tenfold increase in activity in other areas. Especially in rebounding and passing (16 and 5, respectively), but also and especially in defense. The stats don’t really show his impact in this area, but he’s really enjoyable in his half of the field, especially using his physicality to block Giannis Antetokounmpo in the half court, the ” Greek Freak” that doesn’t end with just “only”. 22 points and 10 rebounds. So greedy for shooting, Randle knows how to stay “important” for his people. The sign of a growing player.

TOPS and FLOPS

Giannis Antetokounmpo. Although more cautious than his last outings, in a long cheap attacking game for his team, the “Greek Freak” did the “Greek Freak”: he found a way to be “important. There is a regular contributions all over the place: 22 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 blocks A night that was almost lackluster, by his exceptional season standards.

Joe English. Little used this season, the Australian veteran came out of the woods to crash the Knicks’ garden party. In 28 minutes off the bench, he did offer himself his team’s best +/- (+14) by torpedoing the New Yorkers behind the arc (5/11). A perfect “role-player” match, just like in his best years in Utah.

Jalen Brunson and Immanuel Quickley. In a dark night offensively for the Knicks, the back pair held tight at home, while Julius Randle fought his way through. That’s why Jalen Brunson signed the best game of his career offensively, with 44 points on 15/30 shots (with 7 rebounds and 4 assists). In an Olympic form that makes him a serious underdog for the All-Star Game, the former Villanova cut through the Bucks’ defense, abusing their defense’s “pick-and-roll” in drop to diversify the pleasures: four award-winning shots from the screen, 10 points at the free-throw line, the rest at mid-distance. Only defeat came to destroy everything. For Immanuel Quickley, coming out with 23 points on 9/14 in shots that prove a certain increase in power for several meetings, started in five majors to replace RJ Barrett, who was injured in a finger.

⛔️ The Knicks bench. We know the bench hasn’t been the Knicks’ strong point this season, especially since Tom Thibodeau tightened up his rotation at the beginning of December. But with only 9 points recorded, the “second unit” was almost useless in this meeting, while the Bucks brought 35 points. Definitely one of the X factors of this meeting.

THE FOLLOWING

Knicks (22-19): Pacers reception, Wednesday through Thursday night (01:30)

– Bucks (26-14): trip to Atlanta, Wednesday evening through Thursday (1:30 am)

New York / 107 Shots Bounces
Players minimum Shots 3 points LF Or D T p.d party Int bp CT +/- Points Score
J. Randle 40 9/29 1/12 6/7 7 9 16 5 3 2 3 0 +2 25 24
Mr. Robinson 37 1/4 0/0 0/0 3 5 8 3 3 2 1 1 -1 2 12
J Brunson 39 15/30 4/10 10/10 2 5 7 4 0 0 3 0 -2 44 37
I. Quickley 43 9/14 3/6 2/3 0 4 4 0 3 0 0 0 +5 23 21
T. Grimes 34 1/7 0/3 2/2 2 6 8 1 0 2 0 0 -5 4 9
O. Toppin 8 1/3 1/2 0/0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 -6 3 2
I.Hartenstein 10 0/6 0/1 0/0 4 0 4 0 3 0 0 0 -3 0 -2
Mr. McBride 14 1/3 1/3 0/0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 -11 3 3
E. Fournier 15 1/4 1/4 0/0 0 1 1 2 2 0 0 0 +1 3 3
38/100 11/41 20/22 18 30 48 16 14 8 7 1 107 109
Milwaukee / 111 Shots Bounces
Players minimum Shots 3 points LF Or D T p.d party Int bp CT +/- Points Score
Mr. Antetokounmpo 36 6/15 1/3 9/12 4 6 10 5 2 0 4 2 +9 22 23
B. Lopez 33 7/16 3/9 0/1 4 3 7 2 3 1 3 3 -3 17 17
J. Celebration 34 5/14 3/9 2/2 1 4 5 9 3 0 1 0 +7 15 19
P. Connaughton 31 4/8 3/7 0/0 1 10 11 4 0 0 1 0 +1 11 21
Mr. Allen 29 3/6 2/3 3/3 0 3 3 0 2 2 2 0 -11 11 11
B. Portis 19 5/6 0/0 0/0 0 3 3 0 1 0 2 0 -2 10 10
J Carter 19 0/4 0/3 0/0 0 1 1 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 -2
J. English 28 6/14 5/11 0/0 0 3 3 5 0 0 1 0 +14 17 16
Mr. Beauchamp 11 3/6 2/4 0/0 2 3 5 1 3 0 0 0 +5 8 11
39/89 19/49 14/18 12 36 48 27 17 3 14 5 111 126

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