Bucks' Antetokounmpo stars in win over Rockets

Tanya Simon
January 13, 2019

In a relatively short period of time, Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo has established himself as one of the best players in today's National Basketball Association. Antetokounmpo shined above all with 27 points and 21 rebounds.

Antetokounmpo, however, dismissed the early MVP discussion like he so often sidesteps defenders with his long-legged Euro step.

Harden was, of course, okay, but you can't say it didn't have an impact on the Bucks eventual victory.

"All I care about is winning", Antetokounmpo said. "He does it in so many ways".

After claiming the No. 1 spot on the Kia MVP ladder last week, Houston Rockets guard James Harden has already been knocked down a rung by Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo.

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With all that out of the way, let's dive into how each and every Bucks player that saw the floor during their win over the Houston Rockets graded out, and much more. The Rockets battled back and got within three when James Harden hit a floater with 2:37 to play, but he missed back-to-back threes on the Rockets next possession that would've tied the game.

Antetokounmpo has put himself in the conversation about the league's best players by efficiently averaging 26.6 points, 12.8 rebounds and 6.0 assists and playing dominant defense for a Milwaukee team that has the NBA's best winning percentage (29-11, .725).

"He's up there", Harden said. "We couldn't get to where we want to go because we couldn't get any stops".

It was just the second 20-plus rebound game of Antetokounmpo's career, with the first coming almost a full year ago, on January 15 of last season. I know that one day it might happen.

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