Bucks handle Knicks in return to action

The Milwaukee Bucks began the second half of their season Thursday night the same way the ended their first half: with a win over an up-and-coming team.

The Bucks welcomed in the New York Knicks to Fiserv Forum but were less than hospitable hosts, routing them 134-101, behind All Star Game MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo’s triple double of 24 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. And while Antetokounmpo’s 24 led all scorers, balanced scoring was the true catalyst to the win.

In all, seven Milwaukee players scored in double digits, with Bryn Forbes setting a team record for most made threes in a game without a miss (seven), which accounted for all of his 21 points off the bench.

New York (19-19) led for most of the first five minutes of the game, but Milwaukee (23-14) never trailed after taking a 17-16 lead on a Giannis layup with 6:23 left in the first quarter.

The Bucks now travel to Washington for two back-to-back games against the Wizards Saturday and Monday.