There were highlights galore in the Knicks-Bucks’ Friday night matchup at Madison Square Garden. First, Milwaukee’s Jabari Parker announced his return from an ACL injury that kept him out most of his rookie season with a nice 180 jam along the baseline. Then, his teammate Giannis Antetokounmpo used his freakish length to emphatically deny a Derrick Williams’ three-point attempt.
But this massive putback jam from the Knicks’ Latvian lottery pick Kristaps Porzingis was hard to top…at least his teammate Robin Lopez thought so. Zinger finished with a nice double-double – 14 points, 13 rebounds – but he struggled shooting the ball, going just 6-of-13 from the field, including 1-of-4 from downtown. Carmelo Anthony led the way for the Knicks, who couldn’t quite get over the hump en route to a 99-92 loss.
John Henson was the high scorer for the Bucks with 22 points on an efficient 8-of-12 shooting, while the Greek Freak chipped in 20 points, going 7-of-13 from the floor. In his second game back, Parker scored six points in just over 17 minutes of action. Greg Monroe, Milwaukee’s marquee free agent signing this summer, scored just eight points on an ice-cold 3-of-12 shooting from the floor. The Knicks and Bucks are both now 2-3 to start the season.