Giannis Antetokounmpo (38 + 16 + 9) takes advantage of Kawhi Leonard's break to show off in LA

The NBA MVP turned on all the machinery and it worked like a charm at the Clippers' house, which they rebooked to Leonard.


There was no great duel, there was no counterpart to what happened in May in the series for the title in the Eastern Conference. There was Kawhi Leonard. There was no direct confrontation between MVPs, that of the Season and that of the Finals. Giannis Antetokounmpo was left alone and why not take advantage of it. 38 points, 16 rebounds, 9 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks was the performance signed by the Greek in enemy territory.

Kawhi Leonard, as happened in Utah, rested. It had previously been announced as part of the break policy that is being followed with the player. And, as happened in Utah, the defeat came: 124-129.

Opening

6-14 for visitors with Bledsoe, former Clippers, very active. Patrick Beverley was the one who defended Anteto although he began to suffer - the second to the first and not reciprocally - from the first minutes. The departure of Zubac to the court, displaced from the ownership to put Harrell there, gave the locals a small boost to win after the first period.

The defense of those of 'Doc' Rivers in the center of the area began to be unusually bad and that was where the rivals made a double hole: they scored a lot in that place and used the way to open other spaces. Outcome? The triple began to rain. George Hill, who had a very good game (24 points) and is not the flower of a day, was the main executor in those minutes and the one who had a great duel with Lou Williams, who started counterattacking on the other side. The gap opened and it was Kyle Korver, with another triple, who gave the final blow when the horn sounded with which they left to rest: +11 for Milwaukee.

Again the lights and shadows for the Clippers would come in the third period: on the one hand, good responses in attack by a Montrezl Harrell (34 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists) that was responsible for scoring but also distributing for outside shots like those of Beverley and Williams; on the other, failures in defense of Harrell himself, who left Giannis Antetokounmpo alone twice in three times to show off, which helped the Bucks to take out at the end of the quarter the advantage they had lost at the beginning of it.

The final tracaba remained and the Clippers, before their fans, were not going to make it easy. The dominating Anteto came out again, the one you don't know where it comes from, to complete its magnificent statistic. But the Angels have a lot of power, a closet bottom that doesn't end. It was time to see the Landry Shamet of decisive moments, that being a second year player has enough merit; two triples of his, one on board in the absence of 24 seconds, pressed everything (124-126). The Bucks survived and took one more victory, the sixth in eight games to open the year.



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