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Porzingis tears ACL in Knicks loss

Jan 6 2018 Washington DC USA Milwaukee Bucks guard Matthew Dellavedova dribbles as Washington Wizards forward Tomas Satoransky defends during the first half at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

NY cut its deficit to as low as 12 late in the fourth, but Milwaukee cruised to an easy win.

After opening up the second basically stuck in mud, the Bucks strung together a 20-7 run from the 7:12 minute mark onwards throughout the period to lead 50-46 heading into halftime. Obviously, no National Basketball Association team can go out on to a court and not try or put in effort, it's their job, they are getting paid to put in a maximum effort on the court night in and night out.

Porzingis is different. The franchise's first homegrown star since Patrick Ewing, he has done everything possible through his first two-and-a-half years in the National Basketball Association to show that he was capable of turning things around for the woebegone Knicks.

The Knicks are now 23-32 and 11th in the Eastern Conference and have lost four in a row.

Sean Kilpatrick (16) and Jabari Parker (10) also scored in double figures for the Bucks.

"[It's] very tough news to swallow, " Perry said Wednesday at a damage-control press conference at their Tarrytown practice facility after one of the darkest nights in franchise history. "He is a big part of the things we do". However, only one of the victories was against a team that was above.500. After a few minutes, he limped back to the locker room, leaving the Madison Square Garden crowd - as well as team president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry - in stunned silence, fearing the worst. If New York chose to wait and offer Porzingis an extension in the summer of 2019, it would create an additional $10 million in cap space for the club that summer. They are 2-0 against both the Knicks and Brooklyn Nets, with all four wins coming within the past 11 days. The exam confirmed a sprained right ankle that is expected to sideline Dellavedova for up to four weeks. He will miss the rest of the season. Thon Maker has also played in all 53, but has only started nine times.

Eric Bledsoe added 23 pointsfor Milwaukee, which has won seven-of-eight. Totals 37-82 21-27 103. Towns and Porzingis were the No. 1 and No. 4 picks, respectively, in the 2015 NBA Draft. Porzingis is a popular player for his wide array of skills at 7-foot-3 that led Kevin Durant to nickname him a "unicorn", but also for the personality he brought to NY when he arrived in 2015 as a teenager from Latvia. Totals 37-89 10-15 89. Total fouls - M 17, NY 19.