NEW YORK — Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 23 points, jumping over Tim Hardaway Jr. for one high-flying slam, and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the New York Knicks 103-89 on Tuesday night in a game that featured a knee injury to Kristaps Porzingis.
Porzingis was injured after crashing to the ground following a successful dunk with 8:46 left in the second quarter. The Knicks later said Porzingis tore the ACL in his left knee.
He left the arena for an MRI exam that revealed the injury. Porzingis had scored 10 points before he was hurt. He was selected last month for his first All-Star appearance.
Eric Bledsoe also had 23 points and Khris Middleton added 20 for the Bucks, who are a season-high seven games over .500
Antetokounmpo didn’t appear bothered by a right ankle injury sustained Sunday, particularly when he leaped to catch a lob pass on a fast break and jumped over the 6-foot-6 Hardaway to slam it down.
Enes Kanter led New York with 19 points and 16 rebounds.
Milwaukee led 50-46 at halftime and opened the second half with six straight points. The Bucks increased their lead to a game-high 21 points on Marshall Plumlee’s free throw with 3:43 left in the third quarter.
The Knicks scored the next nine points and pulled within 12 points on a pair of occasions in the final quarter, but never got any closer.
Sean Kilpatrick (16) and Jabari Parker (10) also scored in double figures for the Bucks.
Courtney Lee added 14 points for the Knicks, who have lost four straight, tying their longest losing streak of the season.
Bucks: Milwaukee guard Matthew Dellavedova sprained his right ankle in Sunday’s win at Brooklyn. He underwent an MRI on Monday and subsequent examination by team physician Dr. William Raasch at Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin. The exam confirmed a sprained right ankle that is expected to sideline Dellavedova for up to four weeks. ... The Bucks have posted a 7-1 record since Joe Prunty replaced Jason Kidd as coach on Jan. 22. However, only one of the victories was against a team that was above .500. That was a 107-95 victory over Philadelphia. ... Middleton is the only Milwaukee player to start all 53 games this season. Thon Maker has also played in all 53, but has only started nine times. ... The Bucks have had their way with New York City’s NBA teams this season. They are 2-0 against both the Knicks and Brooklyn Nets, with all four wins coming within the last 11 days.
The Los Angeles Lakers have been fined $50,000 for violating the NBA’s tampering rule again.
League officials made the announcement Tuesday in response to an interview team president Earvin “Magic” Johnson did with ESPN.
Johnson was discussing the skills of Milwaukee star Giannis Antetokounmpo and said the Greek native would put the Bucks “on the map” and bring them an NBA title.
It’s the third time in less than 12 months the Lakers have been disciplined for tampering.
The team was fined $500,000 last summer after the league found general manager Rob Pelinka had been communicating with Paul George’s agent while George was with the Indiana Pacers. Previously, the NBA issued a warning to the team after Johnson winked at George during a television interview.