WATCH: Giannis Antetokounmpo hits game-winner to beat the Knicks

Agence France-Presse
WATCH: Giannis Antetokounmpo hits game-winner to beat the Knicks
Antetokounmpo's first ever game-winning shot sends the Bucks over the Knicks at The Garden

LOS ANGELES, USA – Giannis Antetokounmpo drained a step-back jumper as time expired to lift the Milwaukee Bucks to a 105-104 victory over the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden in New York on Wednesday, January 4 (Thursday Manila time).

Milwaukee’s standout Greek forward made the first game-winning shot of his 3 1/2-year NBA career.

He posted his 16th double-double of the season with 27 points and 13 rebounds for the Bucks, who improved to 18-16.

His streak of 13 straight games with 20 or more points is the longest by a Milwaukee player since Michael Redd had 14 in a row in 2006.

Lance Thomas did all he could to defend the shot, but after dribbling through traffic and turning, Antetokounmpo managed to make some space and seal the win for a Bucks team that had battled back from a 16-point third-quarter deficit.

“I work on that shot a lot,” Antetokounmpo said. “I was patient. I knew I could shoot the ball over the top of anybody at any time. I wanted to make sure I took the last shot.”

Antetokounmpo’s teammates mobbed him in celebration, and Bucks coach Jason Kidd said the final moment was a team effort.

“The guy who makes the shot gets all the credit, but passing the ball, getting the ball to Giannis is important,” Kidd said.

Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 30 points and 11 rebounds, but the Knicks, who were without injured big man Kristaps Porzingis for a third straight game, lost their sixth straight.

Butler powers Bulls

In Cleveland, Jimmy Butler scored 14 points in the fourth quarter after a slow start and the Chicago Bulls held on to beat the short-handed Cleveland Cavaliers 106-94.

LeBron James had 31 points, eight rebounds and seven assists while playing 37 minutes despite battling an illness.

Cleveland were also without Kevin Love (food poisoning) and Kyrie Irving (right hamstring).

Butler, who scored 52 points two nights ago, took awhile to get going. But he scored 10 straight points for the Bulls during one stretch of the fourth quarter and finished with 20 points. 

In Los Angeles, Austin Rivers scored a game-high 28 points and the Los Angeles Clippers earned a 115-106 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies at Staples Center. –

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