CLEVELAND – Giannis Antetokounmpo had not allowed Wednesday's loss to the Indiana Pacers when he entered the court in Cleveland on Friday.
Using Antetokounmpo exploded in his Indianapolis appearance with 44 points and built his career high to push the Milwaukee Bucks past the Cleveland Cavaliers.
"I think he is a competitor ̵
Antetokounmpo had 14 rebounds, 8 assists and 2 blocks, which marked his 20th goal double doubles of the season.
Khris Middleton and Malcolm Brogdon, the second and fourth largest scorers in the Milwaukee Bucks, compete against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Against the Pacers, Antetokounmpo scored only 12 points, down to seven shooting attempts. After that, he sat in silence for nearly 20 minutes, staring at his phone, flickering his feet and knees, thinking about the game.
On Thursday afternoon, he sneaked back from training in Indianapolis and locked himself up to watch a movie with Budenholzer
He appeared at the Quicken Loans Arena early Friday evening to attend a lengthy pre-game training session. He was the first player ready to be knocked off, and the first man in a Bucks uniform on the court after the halftime break.
Against Cleveland Antetokounmpo wanted to score from the start and achieve his first points with a Dunk. With Khris Middleton (fingers) and Malcolm Brogdon (hamstring complaints) from Milwaukee's lineup, Antetokounmpo played 38 minutes.
When Antetokounmpo rested in the third quarter, the Cavaliers were able to cut the Bucks "Once commanding leadership resulted in seven points.
" It's a game I had to use in the past, "said Antetokounmpo about the show on Wednesday. "Today was a big win for us. We have to keep building, getting better and better. "