The New York Knicks won the first quarter by 4 points, the second by 8, the third by 5 and the fourth quarter by 8 points to decimate the Milwaukee Bucks in Milwaukee. Breaking up the game by quarters is an important exercise for the Knicks, who even during good stretches in the past few years have rarely shown any consistency on the floor.
Coach Derek Fisher put a giant starting lineup on the floor, with a frontcourt featuring two 7-footers in Robin Lopez and Kristaps Porzingis along with Carmelo Anthony. Porzingis scored 16 points in his debut, going just 3-of-11 from the field. (He was effective at the line, where he’ll likely get his share this season, making 7-of-9 chances.) The Knicks got contributions from multiple players, with Langston Galloway — who won fans last year as a Knicks scorer — knocking back three 3-pointers in the pull-away third quarter. Galloway finished with 16 points. Anthony scored 11 points on just 25% shooting (4-of-16), a situation that would have doomed the Knicks in the past. Instead reserve Derrick Williams scored 24 to lead New York. Ten players played 17 minutes or more for the Knicks, with no one playing more than 30 minutes.