Enes Kanter knocked Giannis Antetokounmpo to the floor, precipitating an altercation, but the “Greek Freak’’ knocked the Knicks out again as the club closes in on hitting rock bottom.
Another change to the starting lineup resulted in another loss as the Knicks continue their long, winding road to the league’s bottom floor.
The desperation move to start 7-foot-1 center Luke Kornet over Kanter didn’t look half bad in a 112-96 loss to Milwaukee on Thursday as the Bucks swept the home-and-home at Fiserve Forum.
Kanter, who received a cut near his eye from a Thon Maker elbow, put the Bucks superstar to the deck in the fourth quarter — but it wound up knocking the Turkish strongman out of the game with a highly questionable ejection.
After the game, a livid Kanter was upset he got tossed and came up to two reporters to accuse a Bucks assistant coach, Darvin Ham, of knocking him from behind during the melee. The NBA could suspend Ham if it is true.
“An assistant coach can not football-tackle a player,’’ Kanter said. “The priority is to protect their players. Their assistant coach — watch the video — cannot football-tackle our players. I want you to put it out there.’’
Antetokounmpo gathered himself in the fourth quarter with a big finish and scored 24 of his 31 points in the second half. He, too, was miffed.
“I just do not like when dirty plays happen that risk my health or my teammates’ health,’’ said Antetokounmpo, who was guarding Kristaps Porzingis when he tore his ACL last February. “I don’t like that.’’
The sweet-shooting Kornet posted a season-high 23 points, tying his career high — making 7-of-11 3-pointers — keeping the Knicks within a point midway through the third quarter. But that became an afterthought after the “Greek Freak’’ fracas.
The Knicks’ 11th loss in 12 games and sixth straight plummeted them to 9-27 and into sole possession of the second-worst record in the league as they began their six-game road trip from hell.
The Knicks, who visit Utah on Saturday, are just one-half game from overtaking the 8-27 Cavaliers for the NBA’s worst record.
The Kanter versus “Greek Freak’’ roustabout came with 9:56 left when the Bucks star drove to the basket and the Knicks center bashed him in the face with the left hand as he attempted block the shot.
On the play before, Kanter received a bloody cut near his eye from a Maker elbow while battling for a rebound.
The officials missed the clear Kanter foul as Antetokounmpo crashed to the floor like a heavyweight boxer — in a daze and in pain. Kanter stared at the knocked-down MVP candidate and taunted the crowd as play continued.
Antetokounmpo finally rose and ran straight to Kanter, bumping him from behind. The two went nose-to-nose, exchanging angry words before players and Ham swarmed to break it up.
After a five-minute review, the officials decided to give Kanter two technicals and sent him to the showers as the fans booed him off the court. Antetokounmpo received just one technical and stayed in.
Kanter admitted to being baffled as he sat in the locker room receiving three stitches.
“I got ejected, really wow?,’’ he said mockingly. “Doing what? I guess you got to respect the refs but, wow, I got ejected. I was getting my eyes fixed.”
Kanter explained the initial contact.
“I stopped him and they didn’t even call a foul,’’ Kanter said. “We got into it a little bit and I’m bleeding needing stitches. I got to stop the guy, right? They didn’t even call a foul. How do I get ejected?”