The Milwaukee Bucks and New York Knicks traveled across the pond to play a regular-season game at a sold-out O2 Arena in London. The Bucks extended the Knicks’ longest losing streak in franchise history to 16 with a 95-79 win Thursday night.
The 19,000 capacity arena sold out its tickets an hour after they went on sale a year ago. And even famous soccer players made an appearance; Cesc Fabregas, Thierry Henry and Didier Drogba all wanted to watch some NBA basketball.
Well, you can call it what you want but the Knicks aren’t exactly playing NBA basketball. Not only have they lost 16 in a row, but also 26 of 27 and hold the NBA’s worst record at 5-36. Even with the return of Carmelo Anthony—who missed six games due to knee problems—and Amare Stoudemire—who hadn’t played since Dec. 25 also with knee problems—didn’t help the Knicks. Anthony led the team with 25 points but the Knicks were never really in the game.
The Bucks took an early 14-0 lead after the Knicks missed their first 10 shots of the game. O.J. Mayo led the Bucks in scoring, with 22 off the bench. Brandon Knight had a great game all-around. He had 20 points, five rebounds, six assists and added a game-high six steals. Zaza Pachulia had a double-double with 11 points and 14 rebound.
"This was a great trip for our team," Mayo said. "Great team bonding, great time sightseeing. ... It was a pleasant trip."
Besides the touristy things, the Bucks enjoyed their sixth win in eight games and improved to 21-19. They have beaten the Knicks in all three of their meetings this season.
Milwaukee will have a nice return home, and have a few days to prepare to host the Toronto Raptors Monday, while the Knicks’ flight across the Atlantic might not be as fun. They will try to end the streak as they host the New Orleans Pelicans Monday as well.