The New York Knicks had won four of their last five games as they visited the cellar-dwelling Milwaukee Bucks on Monday night, but the Knicks' defense never materialized against the league's worst offense and the Bucks prevailed 101-98.
Brandon Knight buried the tie-breaking, game-winning three-pointer with a couple of seconds remaining, and he finished with 25 points to lead Milwaukee. Khris Middleton and Giannis Antetokounmpo turned in fine performances with 19 and 15 points respectively.
Carmelo Anthony led all scorers with 36 points, and J.R. Smith added 30. The Knicks (19-29) canned 15 three-pointers in the baffling loss. They also missed nine of their 24 free throws with Tyson Chandler approaching an Andre Drummond level of incompetence at the charity stripe, making just one of six.
Fittingly, the loss marks the 29th in the Knicks' nauseating season which surpasses their loss total from all of last season. The Bucks (9-39) had lost 15 of their last 16 games and played without O.J. Mayo (illness), yet the Knicks somehow managed to stub their toe anyway.
The yawning chasm that is the 2013-14 Knicks deepens even further this week as they host the Portland Trail Blazers on Feb. 5 and the Denver Nuggets on Feb. 7 before visiting the Oklahoma City Thunder for a Sunday afternoon blowout.
The Bucks will seek win No. 10 on Feb. 5 in Denver.