The Greek Freak showed why he is one of the most dominant players in today's game. In this battle between two Finals MVPs and 2-time regular season MVPs, Giannis Antetokounmpo
came out victorious. He led the Milwaukee Bucks
to a much needed 112-95 victory over the Denver Nuggets
at Fiserv Forum.
The Bucks have had an up and down season this year, as they have many questions heading into All-Star break. After trading away Jrue Holiday for Damian Lillard
in the offseason, their defense took a hit and now is one of the teams' weaknesses. Despite that, Milwaukee started the season 30-13, which was good for 2nd in the East at that time.
Shockingly, rookie head coach Adrian Griffin was fired 43 games into the season. Doc Rivers replaced him and had a record of 2-5 coming into this game. There's been a lot of turmoil with this team and all eyes are on them to make a deep playoff push after a disappointing round 1 exit last postseason.
Tonight, the 2021 champs got a quality win behind a dominant performance from their home grown superstar. Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with 36 points, 18 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals, and 2 blocks on 74% shooting. Sidekick Damian Lillard scored 18 points while Bobby Portis had 13 points off the bench.
For the Nuggets, this was a tough loss but they are still one of the favorites to win the NBA
title, behind last year's Finals MVP Nikola Jokic
. The Joker had another masterful performance tonight, finishing with 29 points, 12 rebounds, and 8 assists.
Aaron Gordon scored 14 points while Michael Porter Jr. had 11 points. Meanwhile, it was a struggle for point guard Jamal Murray, who ended with 3 points on 20% shooting.