Giannis Antetokounmpo better known as the Greek Freak took the spotlight for the Milwaukee Bucks on Christmas day.
Antetokounmpo had 30 points and 14 rebounds in his Christmas debut and the Milwaukee Bucks celebrated their return to the holiday schedule by beating the New York Knicks, 109-95, on Tuesday night.
Brook Lopez scored 20 points for the Bucks, who played on Christmas for the first time since 1977. They were selected for the showcase slate of games largely because of Antetokounmpo but the timing also was perfect to show an emerging team, which improved the NBA’s second-best record to 23-10.
Malcolm Brogdon finished with 17 points for the Bucks, who bounced back from a loss to Miami on Saturday to win for the fifth time in six games. Rookie Kevin Knox scored 21 points for the Knicks, who have lost six straight Christmas Day games and fell to 22-31 in their NBA-record 53 appearances on the holiday.
New York has lost five in a row and 10-of-11 since rallying to stun the Bucks, 136-134, in overtime on Dec. 1 at Madison Square Garden.