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The Bucks failed to take a 21-point lead after losing to the Knicks

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Bucks’ Pat Connaughton knocks a Knicks’ Emmanuel Quickley during the first half on Friday night at the Fisher Forum.


Maury Gush, Associated Press


Rich Rovito Associated Press

Milwaukee — Julius Randall had 32 points and 12 rebounds, and the New York Knicks erased an early 21-point deficit and beat the Milwaukee Bucks 113-98 at the Fisher Forum on Friday night.

Derrick Rose had 23 points off the bench and RJ Barrett added 20 as the Knicks stunned the defending NBA champions on their home court.

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 25 points for Milwaukee and Grayson Allen’s season-high was 22.

The Bucks, who broke a three-game losing streak on Tuesday en route to the Pistons in Detroit, jumped for a commanding early lead. Milwaukee connected with four 3-pointers outside the gate and scored eight long-range shots in total to take a 38-17 advantage after a quarter. Allen had 14 points and four rebounds in the opening round to pace the Bucks, who shot 50% from deep.

New York was just 3 out of 16 from a 3-point range in the first quarter.

The Bucks got a boost with the return of Juri Holiday, who had missed five games in a row due to a sprained left ankle. Holiday did not start but entered the game midway through the first quarter.

The Knicks, who took two of three games from the Bucks last season, didn’t fold after a slow start, reducing the Bucks’ lead to five points by the midpoint of the second quarter. By the half, New York trailed 63-56. Rose took New York 10 points off the bench in the second quarter.

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