CLEVELAND — Giannis Antetokounmpo had not let Wednesday’s loss to the Indiana Pacers go when he took the court docket in Cleveland on Friday evening.
Utilizing his efficiency in Indianapolis as gas, Antetokounmpo exploded for 44 factors, tying his profession excessive, to raise the Milwaukee Bucks previous the Cleveland Cavaliers.
“I feel he is a competitor — he desires to be nice,” coach Mike Budenholzer stated after the 114-102 victory. “Any time he does not meet the requirements and expectations he units for himself, the subsequent sport he’s going to come out with a really aggressive mindset.”
Antetokounmpo had 14 rebounds, eight assists and a couple of blocks, notching his 20th double-double of the season.
Khris Middleton and Malcolm Brogdon, the second- and fourth-leading scorers for the Milwaukee Bucks, are out towards the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Towards the Pacers, Antetokounmpo scored simply 12 factors on a season-low seven shot makes an attempt. Afterward, he sat for practically 20 minutes in silence, watching his telephone and icing his toes and knees, reflecting on the sport.
On Thursday afternoon, he slunk away from observe in Indianapolis and shut himself away to watch movie with Budenholzer.
He confirmed up at Quicken Loans Area early Friday evening to get in an prolonged pregame exercise. He was the primary participant prepared to tip off and the primary man in a Bucks uniform out on the court docket after the halftime break.
Towards Cleveland, Antetokounmpo was trying to rating from the get-go, scoring his first factors off a dunk. With Khris Middleton (finger) and Malcolm Brogdon (hamstring soreness) out of Milwaukee’s lineup, Antetokounmpo performed 38 minutes.
When Antetokounmpo rested in the third quarter, the Cavaliers had been in a position to go on a 10-Zero run to slice the Bucks’ once-commanding lead to seven factors.
“It is a sport I had to put in the previous,” Antetokounmpo stated of Wednesday’s exhibiting. “Right now was an awesome win for us. We have now to preserve constructing, preserve getting higher.”