Takeaways from Milwaukee Bucks’ bounce back win over New York Knicks

MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - JANUARY 28 (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - JANUARY 28 (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images) /
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Milwaukee Bucks: Grayson Allen, New York Knicks: Mitchell Robinson, R.J. Barrett
MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN – JANUARY 28 (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images) /

Following a rather embarrassing loss at the hands of the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night, the Milwaukee Bucks dropped to sixth in the Eastern Conference. That tough loss needed to serve as a wake-up call for the champs as they welcomed the New York Knicks to town for a rare night matchup at Fiserv Forum last night.

Thankfully, the Bucks looked motivated right from the jump in this one. They came out spirited and put up 39 points in the first quarter, playing well offensively. The Knicks never gave in as they kept this one close throughout, but they never managed to snag a lead as the Bucks led throughout the entire matchup. While it was close throughout the first three quarters, Milwaukee pulled away in the fourth quarter and ultimately secured a much-needed 123-108 victory on their home floor. With that said, let us take a closer look at three big takeaways.

Grayson Allen looked good for the Milwaukee Bucks in his first game back from suspension

After missing the last two games due to a hip issue and then a single-game suspension due to a hard foul, Grayson Allen returned to Milwaukee’s starting lineup last night.

Despite the two-game absence, the shooting guard looked good offensively as he tallied 15 points on an efficient 4-of-8 shooting from the field, including 3-of-7 from three. Allen played like he had not missed a beat offensively, firing away from 3-point range and taking it right to the basket with authority. His aggressiveness also earned him four shots at the foul line, all of which he connected on throughout the game.

While the guard is mostly known for his scoring and shooting, he showed off his versatility during last night’s game by doing some of everything for the champs. The 6-foot-4 Allen made an impact on the glass by pulling down seven rebounds, including two offensively, which helped the Bucks win the overall rebounding battle between these two teams. Not known for his passing, Allen also handed out two assists as he got his teammates involved while also leaving his mark defensively by tallying two steals. The best stat of them all? Allen was a game-high +20 in this one, meaning the Bucks dominated when he was out on the floor.

It has been a chaotic weak for Allen, to say the least, but it was good to see him come out in his first game back since the incident and play well, particularly in a win.