PHILADELPHIA – The last time the Milwaukee Bucks ended the regular season with the NBA's best record, they also had the NBA's most valuable player.
45 years later history could be repeated.
Thanks to the latest spectacular performance by Giannis Antetokounmpo ̵
With his performance on Thursday night, Antetokounmpo brought Milwaukee not only to victory, but also a big step towards the first MVP award of his career. It came in a game in which the all-star Khris Middleton was limited to 25 minutes due to a groin injury and the supervisor Eric Bledsoe after a clash with the 76er-star Joel Embiid less than three minutes was ejected.
"The team has done a great job," said Antetokounmpo. "Obviously, [Bledsoe] went into the locker room in the first quarter, but everyone opened up, guys came in, made big shots, played defense, played hard and it's big for us, a lot of people miss it …" just feels good say we have 12 guys, 15 guys who are able to help this team every night.
But none of them does Antetokounmpo as he did – and as he did on Thursday night 19659004 "Yeah, that felt like a statement," said Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer, "especially with the What he does with the five blocks and the 13 blocks defensive and the game changed. He's getting ready and doing free throws. "
" He's an MVP in our eyes, so we keep him, "he added, laughing.
Antetokounmpo certainly played in this regard as he did, dominating both ends, too if the Bucks played most of the night without Bledsoe, as well as starters Malcolm Brogdon and the key reserve Nikola Mirotic, who stayed out and broke Philadelphia without Jimmy Butler, who was sitting with back cramps, the Sixers retained most of the time in the second
But it was Milwaukee who finished the game with a 15-4 run. In the final at 2:53 they took the win – seven points on three straight baskets from George Hill (the last was a fast). Break layup with Antetokounmpo), followed by Antetokounmpo, who received a massive block of an embiid drive and then another quick break start, leading to a Ste Brown Brown layup that threw away the game for Milwaukee.
"It was a good win," said Hill. "Every time you play in one of the playoff teams, the environment will be hostile – especially in their home ground – that's a really good ball team there, so it's good to find ways to go if you can not play well, you may not make shots, and everyone is looking for ways to win. "
Now, the Bucks have three games left to try to make 60 wins for the fifth time in franchise history and anto-knockout three more games to impress voters for the League's MVP prize.
"I do not like talking about myself, about the MVP," Antetokounmpo said. "As I said in the past, if you continue to win, it will take care of itself."
As many times this season, Antetokounmpo has ensured that the Bucks will be won again on Thursday night.