Yiannis Antekundubou tried to stay on the ground after the Milwaukee Bucks threw LeBron James, Anthony Davis and the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night.
The Bucks (25-4) claimed the best record in the NBA after dominating MVP Antetokounmpo inspired a 111-104 victory in the showdown match.
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All eyes were on Milwaukee for the long-awaited clash, as the Eastern Conference and Bucks champions and the Lakers’ Western Conference leaders (24-5) shared identical records.
Antetokounmpo put James and Davis up 34 points and 11 rebounds as the Bucks moved to the top of the NBA overall rankings.
“I think the most important thing is to try to stay humble. When you win the MVP and win 60 games (in 2019), it’s difficult,” Antetokounmpo said later.
“You feel like, ‘OK, what else? “But at the end of the day, I realize and my family realizes that I shouldn’t be here.
“I wasn’t the first choice (Davis) was LeBron was (Antetokounmpo was selected 15th overall by Milwaukee in 2013.) I shouldn’t be here.
“I don’t have to go against these two animals, so I’m happy to be here and happy to go through the process and always want to be better, better for my team and that gives me joy.”
Antetokounmpo also had five 3-channel points against the Lakers in eight attempts.
“I’ll keep coming back. It doesn’t matter to me if I did one, two or five, I just want to be better,” Antetokounmpo said. “And I want to keep improving and keep working on my game, and it’s going to be a couple of nights and I’ll have five nights, but I have to keep shooting because that’s what my team wants to do.”
Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer added: “I think a lot of players keep working, keep getting better, and it’s part of our league, part of being a professional.
“But what does John do in the summer, the time he puts in before practices, after practices, taking care of his body – but I think everyone, as special as last year, I think even his opponents and peers, I he thinks, he sees and he knows he can improve, he does it, he puts in the time and effort, and we just feel lucky to be ours and excited about him and our future. “