Bucks Score 146 Points Against Knicks, Secure Spot in Tournament Semifinals

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In a showdown, the Milwaukee Bucks unleashed an offensive spectacle, racking up an impressive 146 points against the New York Knicks, propelling them into the semifinals of the tournament in a commanding fashion.

The Milwaukee Bucks showcased their offensive prowess on Tuesday night, securing a 146-122 victory over the New York Knicks and securing a spot in the NBA’s in-season tournament’s semifinals in Las Vegas.

The Bucks, led by Giannis Antetokounmpo and Damian Lillard, celebrated their highest point total of the season, setting the stage for a clash against the Indiana Pacers.

Lillard, contributing 28 points on 8-of-13 shooting, expressed that while this outstanding offensive display might not be an everyday occurrence, it highlighted the explosive potential of the team.

The Bucks, buoyed by Antetokounmpo’s 35 points and 10 assists, capitalized on a barrage of 3-pointers, converting 60.5% from the field and making 23 of 38 attempts from beyond the arc—a historic achievement for the franchise.

This offensive spectacle unfolded against the Knicks, known for their staunch defense, yet they struggled to contain Milwaukee’s offensive onslaught.

Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau admitted to giving the Bucks confidence early on, leading to the highest point tally allowed by the franchise since 1979.

Having remained unbeaten at 5-0 in the in-season tournament, the Bucks, once eyeing the championship, have shifted their focus to winning this competition. Guard Malik Beasley’s six 3-pointers and an 18-point contribution further solidified their performance.

With their sights set on facing Indiana, owners of the league’s top-ranked offense, the Bucks aim to continue their stellar offensive display.

Coach Adrian Griffin emphasized the need to maintain focus in Vegas, acknowledging the remaining challenge.

The Bucks acknowledge their ongoing journey to optimize the synergy between Lillard and Antetokounmpo on the court. Despite the learning curve, their 15-6 start to the season, winning 10 of their last 12 games, signifies progress.

Lillard highlighted the team’s improved chemistry, indicating a smoother understanding of roles and positioning, though conceding it’s still a work in progress.

As they head to Las Vegas, the Bucks carry the momentum of their best basketball this season, indicating a promising upward trajectory.

 

 

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