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New continent, same result: Knicks' loss in London extends skid to 16

Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo challenges New York Knicks'

Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo challenges New York Knicks' Cole Aldrich during the 2015 NBA global game at the O2 Arena in London on Jan. 15, 2015 Credit: Getty Images / Glyn Kirk

LONDON - Well, at least Carmelo Anthony got to meet Prince Harry.

The Knicks' trip to Britain and Anthony's return from a six-game absence didn't lift a team desperately in need of a victory. Instead, the Knicks proved they're bad on two continents.

They allowed the game's first 14 points and trailed by as many as 26 as their franchise-worst losing streak hit 16 straight with a 95-79 loss to the Bucks on Thursday in front of a sellout crowd at O2 Arena.

"It's a recurring act, things happening over and over again,'' Anthony said after leading the Knicks with 25 points. "The same things happen over and over again.''

The Knicks, who have lost 26 of their last 27 games, haven't won since Dec. 12 and have won once since Nov. 22. They reached the midpoint of their season with a 5-36 record and are well on their way to their worst mark ever. They were 23-59 three times, the last in 2007-08.

Anthony shot 7-for-12 in 27:38 in his first game since New Year's Eve. He didn't play in the fourth quarter.

He said his left knee, which will require surgery at some point, felt good. Anthony said he will play in the Knicks' next game Monday and plans to continue playing.

"I'm back,'' he said.

He wants to play in next month's All-Star Game at the Garden. It's hard to imagine him not giving in and having surgery shortly after that.

The Knicks won't be playing for anything other than draft lottery combinations and maybe to avoid the worst record in NBA history. The 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers, who went 9-73, own that mark. But Anthony said he wants to be there for the Knicks as long as he can.

"I just felt like it's right, right now, if I can be playing, to be out there with them guys and fight with them,'' he said. "I don't want to turn my back on them now. The easy thing to do right now is to say forget it, I'm shutting it down without even trying it out or taking some rest and see if that helps.''

Anthony spent Wednesday morning with Prince Harry at a graduation event and called that experience "an honor,'' "beautiful'' and "spectacular.'' For Anthony, it definitely was the highlight of the trip and perhaps the season.

Amar'e Stoudemire also returned after missing nine games with a sore right knee. He went scoreless with two rebounds in eight first-half minutes and didn't return in the second half because the game was so lopsided.

O.J. Mayo had 22 points and Brandon Knight 20 for Milwaukee (21-19). Giannis Antetokounmpo, who said Wednesday that the Bucks would extend the Knicks' losing streak, added 16.

The game started like so many in North America for the Knicks as they let it get out of hand early. They couldn't throw it in the River Thames, missing their first 10 shots and making their first basket 5:49 into the game.

The Bucks' lead ballooned to 24 at 52-28 in the second quarter. Anthony shot 4-for-6 and scored 13 of the Knicks' 24 points in the quarter as the Bucks took a 56-37 halftime lead.

Milwaukee led 82-56 at the start of the fourth, although the Knicks got within 11 with 4:38 left. Said Derek Fisher: "We didn't give ourselves much of a chance after the first few minutes of the game.''

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