The Milwaukee Bucks and Houston Rockets were at the Toyota Center in Houston on Wednesday, but the big game was not only because of the clashes between the East and the West.
Houston's "The Beard" James Harden , a former MVP candidate for Milwaukee's "The Greek Freak," Giannis Antetokounmpo and last season's MVP, NBA fans have been enthusiastic by unfolding a spectacular showpiece without any concessions.
Throughout the game, the two players continued to create scenes that would bring out the "MVP". Especially in the middle of the game, Antetokounmpo's swinging pass like a horn on the face of the authentic face of the court falls on the floor was even more talked about.
Milwaukee scored 27 points and 21 rebounds to lead the Mets to a 7-8 record in the season, scoring 42 points for Houston in a 116-109 victory over Mister Outside Harden. , And ranked first in the Eastern Conference on a winning percentage basis. The Toronto Raptors (31-12) are still halfway ahead of Milwaukee, but Milwaukee has succeeded in winning.
Meanwhile, Houston (23-17), who lost 11-14 last week to the start of last month and then started racing with a fierce spurt of 11-1, has lost two of his recent three games. Harden had 42 points, 11 rebounds and six assists, but he did not exceed the height of Milwaukee.
Harden has scored 40 points in six of his last eight games, especially after 14 consecutive games with a 30-point lead over Tracy McGrady in 2003.
With this victory, Antetokounmpo has become the clear leader in the league MVP race. Antetokounmpo was already ahead of the MVP race before this match, but it was enough to make a strong impression when he won the face-to-face match against his biggest rivals in a few places.
In the interview after the game, he asked, "Do you think he is a candidate for MVP?" "I know what I'm interested in is winning," he said. "I know that if I make all the effort on the court for the team and win, everything else will come naturally," he said. .
In the mid-third quarter to early fourth-quarter, Houston's outfield shooters, including Harden, slumped into Milwaukee on a slump. Houston, who went 4-and-30 in the third quarter, led Houston to a 9-9 lead in the first inning with a turn-over and an offense penalty. I found something upside down. It was Milwaukee's 25-2 spurt in about seven minutes.
Milwaukee kept the lead at 13 points until the end of the game, but this time Houston's Spurt was waiting. Harden's three consecutive stores, including an 8-0 spurt, followed by a 2-minute, 37-second lead over Hayden's 106-109 lead. However, after Harden's four outfielders were dismissed one after another, Antetokounmpo's tip-off shot was decided.
Milwaukee scored the only goal of the game, scoring the winner with a 70-24 win over Houston. Houston center Clint Capela scored 18 points and 13 rebounds for Antetokounmpo and Brook Lopez 'Twin Towers' against Houston Milwaukee, but missed 12 out of 16 pitches.
The total rebound number was 49-46, which was not much different, but the difference in height actually felt was obvious to anyone. Houston's coach Mike D'Antoni said: "They were overbearing near the rim."
After the game, the MVP tracker rated Antetokounmpo's MVP rating at 40.7%, up from 2% at 38% before the game. Meanwhile, Harden, who kept second place at 15% before the game, fell to 12.5% and Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans) 12.7%.
Giannis Antetokounmpo and Anthony Davis were three times more likely to win. This is a level that can be considered a 'Greek monster' who started his own run towards the MVP. And if Milwaukee is at the top of the league in front of the current pace, it's doubtful whether there will be any competitors in the adventure of Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Of course, it is too early to argue MVP at half the season. However, Antetokounmpo, which is spreading differently in the sun, can not tell where the limit is already. It's hard to find him number one yet, but he feels that it will not be too late anytime soon.
Although he became a loser on this day, Harden showed no end to the end of the fight against Antetokounmpo. Harden, who has scored an average of five points for second place Davis (28.9 points) in the league in the league with 33.9 points per game, is in the final stages of the season when Chris Paul and Eric Gordon It has the ability to shake the MVP race.
The day also showed the so-called "Anchor Breaker" with dazzling dribbles, and the resilience of the Euro staff was brilliant with the breakthrough drive breakthrough. It's a MVP race that Antetokounmpo seems to have taken the lead, but Hayden will never be able to step down easily.
The probability of winning the MVP season
1 Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee) 40.7%
2 Anthony Davis (New Orleans) 12.7%
3 James Harden (Houston) 12.5%
4 Kawhi Leonard (Toronto) 7.8%
5 Kevin Durant (Golden State) 6.1%
6 Nikola Jokić (Denver) 5.6%
7 Joel Embry (Philadelphia) 4.5%
8 Stephen Curry (Golden State) 3.7%
9 Paul George (Oklahoma City) 3.2%
10 LeBron James (LA Lakers) 3.1%