Knicks comeback effort falls short in loss to Bucks: 'We’ve just got to figure it out'

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Immanuel Quickley head back in agony white uniform
Immanuel Quickley head back in agony white uniform

After trailing by as many as 24 points to the defending champion Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night, the Knicks – led by their second unit – fought all the way back to tie the game midway through the fourth, sending the Garden crowd into a frenzy.

Ultimately, though, the Bucks were just too much to handle, outscoring the Knicks 23-11 in the final minutes to come away with a 112-100 victory.

“We didn’t play well. That’s it. We’ve got to figure it out,” head coach Tom Thibodeau said after the loss. “Right now, we’re playing well on the road and we’re not playing well at home, which is unusual. So, we better get that straightened out.

“We’ve just got to figure it out. We’ve got to do better. That’s what I do know.”

Derrick Rose and Immanuel Quickley helped lead the charge off the bench for the home team, scoring a combined 40 points to cut into the Bucks’ big lead.

The comeback effort coming up short just made the loss taste even more bitter, however.

“It’s hard losing games, period, but when you’re that close it makes it even harder. It sucks, man,” said Rose. “It really sucks. We’ve got to be able to learn from our mistakes and just come out with a better urgency.”

“It’s just how it is sometimes,” said Quickley. “Like I always say, though, it’s a long season. It’s a small sample size of what’s going to be in an 82-game season.”

The Knicks won’t have much time to feel sorry for themselves, though, as they’ll hit the road to face an up-and-coming Charlotte Hornets team on Friday.

“It’s all about having amnesia,” said Rose. “Tonight, it’s going to hurt, of course, but normally after you look at film and you get a practice in or you get a workout in, it’s in the back of your mind. ... tomorrow after you look at film, be able to process and try to correct some of our mistakes.

“We’ve got to go into Charlotte with a determination, where they’re playing great. They’re a young team, they like to get out and run, they shoot a lot of threes, they’re playing with a lot of confidence, and we’ve got to be able to withstand their runs because they can put points up on the board.”