Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo questions spot as MVP favorite

Rex Christensen
January 13, 2019

"I definitely think it's our belief inside this locker room, and a lot just around the league, that we have the best player in the league right here", Lopez said.

Giannis Antetokounmpo, otherwise known as the "Greek Freak", was dominant in the Milwaukee Bucks 116-109 win against the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night.

"All I care about is winning, to be honest with you", Antetokounmpo said after scoring 27 points, grabbing a career-high 21 rebounds and dishing out five assists for the East-leading Bucks in the win.

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In Utah, Donovan Mitchell claimed 33 points and seven assists to push the Jazz to a 106-93 victory over the Orlando Magic and help his side record their third-straight win.

The Rockets led by six points at the half, but the Bucks took the lead with a monster third quarter in which they outscored Houston 38-23. After Harden turned the ball over, than regained it with a steal only to miss a three-pointer, Antetokounmpo made sure the next Bucks possession produced some points as he rose to tap in a miss by Khris Middleton. According to ESPN, that ties him with Tracy McGrady for the second-longest streak of 30-point games in the last 40 years. Gerald Green chipped in 16 points off the bench. Milwaukee got four points from Malcolm Brogdon and three from Antetokounmpo in that stretch. It opened up an opportunity for Antetokounmpo to seal the deal by going on a personal 5-0 run.

But beyond those two headlining the show of potential title contenders, the victor of the contest was always going to come down to which team's supporting cast came through more consistently to ease the burden off of their superstar's shoulders. I know that one day it might happen.

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