Giannis Antetokounmpo Drills Crazy Buzzer-Beater to Cap 16-Point Comeback Over Knicks

Bryan Brandom
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Giannis Antetokounmpo treated New York Knicks fans at Madison Square Garden to a bit of everything on Wednesday night.

Sure, he showed off his unstoppability in the open court, taking off for a dunk from nearly 10 feet away on a fast break while Carmelo Anthony calmly watched and definitely didn't consider inserting himself between the Milwaukee Bucks star and the basket.

But that ability's always been there. The 22-year-old then showed off his growth on the game's final possession.

Down one with just over eight seconds remaining, the Bucks inbounded to Antetokounmpo in the post, who took his time and backed down Lance Thomas before utilizing his freakishly long legs to get separation on a stepback, which he drilled for a 105-104 victory.

It was Antetokounmpo's first game-winner of the season.

"He's had some early this season that hadn't gone down, but tonight I thought he got to his strength and he took his time," Bucks (18-16) coach Jason Kidd said. "It wasn't a rushed shot and he did the rest." The Greek Freak finished with 27 points on 10-of-18 shooting to go with 13 rebounds, four assists, a steal, and three blocks.

Just to get possession there, Giannis forced a Derrick Rose turnover by swiping the ball of the Knicks point guard's hip.

The Knicks, who were playing without sophomore star Kristaps Porzingis, had a 16-point lead late in the third quarter.

"I think we gave this one away," said Anthony, whose Knicks are now 16-19. "It's a tough one to swallow."