LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo went head-to-head for the second consecutive year when they chose their All-Star teams in Thursday's draft prior to the big game on February 16.
The annual match sees two leading NBA players choose rival teams of 11 players (four starters and seven reserves) who then compete in a one-off match.
James was the number 1 general choice for the first round of this year after the most general vote of fans and went for LA Lakers teammate Anthony Davis.
LeBron James chose Anthony Davis as his first overall choice on Thursday All Star sketch
Giannis Antetokounmpo then chose Philoelphia & # 39; s Joel Embiid as choose his first choice
James hopes to be 3-0 go after winning All Star contests in 2018 & 2019
Antetokounmpo, who plays for Milwaukee Bucks, chose Joel Embiid of Philadelphia as his first choice and then greeted him as his & # 39; African brother & # 39 ;.
James wants to go 3-0 as an All-Star captain, after his team beat Stephen Curry & # 39; s selection in 2018 and was the top Antetokounmpo had chosen last year.
James remained with the LA theme by taking the Clippers & Kawhi Leonard with the third overall choice, and Antetokounmpo remained with African-born players through Toronto & Pascal Siakam – such as Embiid, a Cameroonian resident – selectable with the following selection.
LeBron James, LA Lakers
Anthony Davis, LA Lakers
Kawhi Leonard, LA Clippers
Luka Doncic, Dallas
James Harden, Houston
Damian Lillard, Portland
Nikola Jokic, Denver
Ben Simmons, Philadelphia
[1 9459024] Jayson Tatum, Boston
Chris Paul, Oklahoma City
Russell Westbrook, Houston
Domantas Sabonis, Indiana
Coach – Frank Vogel, LA Lakers
Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee
J oel Embiid, Philadelphia
Pascal Siakam, Toronto
Kemba Walker, Boston
Trae Young, Atlanta
Khris Middleton, Milwaukee
Bam Adebayo, Miami
Rudy Gobert, Utah
Jimmy Butler, Miami
Kyle Lowry, Toronto
Brandon Ingram, New Orleans
Donovan Mitchell, Utah
Coach – Nick Nurse, Toronto
James then opted for a risky option by choosing Dallas & Luka Doncic – currently dealing with an ankle injury. Antetokounmpo chose sixth Boston Kemba Walker, James then picked James Harden seventh from Houston, and that left Atlanta & Trae Young as the last remaining starter and automatically went to Team Giannis
The reserves were next, with Antetokounmpo that Milwaukee teammate chose Khris Middleton with the first selection of the second round. Damian Lillard from Portland was James' first reserve selection, and they were on their way.
The rest of the reserves of Team Giannis, in order: Miami Bam Adebayo (the third choice from the reserve round), Rudy Gobert from Utah (fifth), Jimmy Butler from Miami (seventh), Kyle Lowry (ninth ) from Toronto, Brandon Ingram from New Orleans (11th) and Donovan Mitchell from Utah (13th).
Team LeBron was filled in order by: Ben Simmons from Philadelphia (the fourth pick of the reserve round), Nikola Jokic from Denver (sixth), Jayson Tatum from Boston (eighth), Chris Paul from Oklahoma City (10th ), Russell Westbrook (12th) from Houston and Domantas Sabonis (14th) from India were the final selection.
NBA legend Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna Bryant and the seven other victims of the Southern California helicopter crash on January 26 are commemorated all weekend.
Players on Team LeBron will all wear No. 2, as a tribute to Gianna Bryant. Players in team Giannis all wear No. 24, as a tribute to Kobe Bryant. And all participants in the All-Star weekend will wear a patch with nine stars in memory of the nine victims.
There is a charity component in the game, with £ 384,000 ($ 500,000) on the game for Chicago-based programs & # 39; s.
The rules of the game differ somewhat from a typical basketball game. The first three quarters are essentially mini-games, each worth £ 76,000 ($ 100,000) for the winning team. The scores are reset after the first and second quarter and the scores are added after the third quarter.
Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna are memorial during the All Star weekend
From there the clock of the game is turned off for the rest of the night and the first team to add 24 – another nod to Kobe Bryant – to whatever the leading score after three quarters was – wins the game and wins another £ 151,000 ($ 200,000) for his charity.
The James team plays in favor of Chicago Scholars, which helps children try to become first-generation students. The Antetokounmpo team will play for After School Matters, which finances after-school activities and summer programs.
Giannis Antetokounmpo had 23 points and 10 rebounds after missing two games with a sore back and the Milwaukee Bucks withdrew in the second half for a 123-102 win over the Chicago Bulls on Monday night.
Antetokounmpo, the second NBA – leading scorer with an average of 30.5 points per game that entered this game, only played 27 minutes and finished 5 1/2 due to the crooked score. He was 8 for 14 out of the field with six assists
Khris Middleton scored 25 points for the Bucks and Eric Bledsoe had 15 points in 16 minutes after missing the previous eight games with a broken right leg. Milwaukee improved to a league-best 30-5.
Giannis Antetokounmpo hit 23 points on his return from a two-week return – disabled due to injury
The second leading scorer of the NBAs played only 27 minutes, but still made a significant impact
Khris Middleton scored 25 points for the Bucks and had 15 points in 16 minutes
Zach LaVine scored 19 points for Chicago but shot only 7 for 23 from the field. Lauri Markkanen and Coby White had 18 points each and Wendell Carter Jr. added 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Bulls.
Milwaukee jumped out at an 8-0 lead because Chicago missed its first six shots. The Bucks led 31-20 at the end of the first quarter and extended it to 33-20 early in the second in a basket by Robin Lopez.
But the Bulls – after shooting 9 of 29 in the first – suddenly became hot from behind the three-point arc. White and Markkanen each had three 3-pointers in the second to reduce the Milwaukee advantage. Chicago was 8 for 14 out of 3s in the quarter
Milwaukee Bucks 123-102 Chicago Bulls
Miami Heat 105- 123 Washington Wizards
Brooklyn Nets 115-122 Minnesota Timberwolves (OT)
Phoenix Suns 122-116 Portland Trail Blazers
Detroit Pistons 81-104 Utah Jazz
Atlanta Hawks 101-93 Orlando Magic
With just under two minutes left in the first half, White hit a moving spoon from the glass to give the Bulls a 52-51 lead to give up, their first of the competition.
Antetokounmpo responded quickly with a move back on the other side to put the Bucks on top again. Milwaukee led 55-52 at rest, partly thanks to a 15-0 advantage in free-throw attempts (12).
Every chance of an upset in Chicago was quickly overturned in the third. The Bucks opened with a 17-4 run for a lead of 72-56 – with Antetokounmpo ending the sprint with a thundering thunk that drew a loud roar from the crowd of the United Center.
Milwaukee led 95-77 after three quarters. Kyle Korver hit a 2-pointer 2 1/2 minutes in the fourth for an advantage of 105-81, the largest of the Bucks game.
Giannis Antetokounmpo helped Milwaukee Bucks to an emphatic 117-89 win the Indiana Pacers – then gave an early Christmas to one of his fans.
The NBA star handed his shoes to the lucky supporter after the game and invited her to the field to pose for photos.
The girl was clearly overwhelmed by emotion when she held the huge boot in size 16 in her arms.
Giannis Antetokounmpo gave young fan an early Christmas gift by handing over his shoes
The supporter covers her eyes while her guardian holds the shoes after the game
Antetokounmpo also enjoyed a ges layered night on the field and added 18 poi nts, 19 rebounds and nine helping his side won the victory against former teammate Malcolm Brogdon.
& # 39; Lucky for him, & # 39; said Antetokounmpo about Brogdon. & # 39; We had the chance to talk a little before the game. Keep getting better, man.
Wesley Matthews scored 19 points for NBA-leading Milwaukee, who has now won three in a row since a 120-116 loss before Dallas stopped an 18-game win series.
The girl could not hide her shock because the current MVP after the game approached
Antetokounmpo was widely praised for his actions in surprising of the young audience member
Brogdon was drafted by Milwaukee and spent his first three seasons with the Bucks before being taken over by Indiana in a sign-and-trade deal in the summer. He was welcomed back with cheers and a tribute video and finished with 10 points on 5-of-19 shots and 10 assists
& # 39; It was great to be back in Fiserv (Forum) & # 39 said Brogdon. & # 39; These fans have been great to me. They were great for me tonight. They have been great to be the last three years. Simply incredibly grateful for them. & # 39;
Antetokounmpo contributed 18 points, 19 rebounds and nine assists to Milwaukee Bucks won
The 6-foot-5 Brogdon was elected in 2017 to NBA Rookie of the year. He became the eighth member of the 50-40-90 club of the competition last season (shoots at least 50% from the field, 40% from 3-point range and 90% from the free-throw line)
& # 39; I would have loved (continuing) to play for this team if they had wanted me, if they had appreciated me as the Pacers I appreciated, & Brogdon said before the game.
Brogdon scored his first points on a layout with 10:28 to play in the second quarter, giving the Pacers a 26-24 lead. Donte DiVincenzo made a layout to give Milwaukee a 56-55 lead with 53 seconds to go in the first half, and the Bucks never followed again.
Milwaukee defeated Indiana 58-34 in the second half and had a 48-34 advantage in points in the paint.
On his return to Milwaukee, Malcolm Brogdon could not prevent Indiana Pacers
from really losing their lives best to let you collapse in the paint so hard to get some of those floaters and medium-range shots up, & # 39; Pacers said ahead of Doug McDermott. & # 39; So it was a bit of an adjustment. You have to hit three if you want to beat these guys and we haven't hit enough. & # 39;
Sabonis Domants had 19 points and 18 rebounds for Indiana, and McDermott finished with 15 points.
The Pacers shot 12 for 40 from a 3-point range. De Bucks made 15 3-pointers, including five in the fourth.
& # 39; I felt we could make plays, & # 39; said Antetokounmpo. "Once you see someone come in and someone makes a piece for the man next to him, it makes the game a lot easier and gives everyone momentum."
Brook Lopez and George Hill each had 17 points for the Bucks. Hill scores an average of 16 points from the bench during the last three games.
& # 39; I think we would probably be in a hole without him & # 39 ;, said Milwaukee coach Mike Budenholzer about Hill. & # 39; He bore us in half. He does it every night. & # 39;
Giannis Antetokounmpo stars in NBA clash between the titans as he pulls down 34 points LeBron James and LA Lakers while Russell Westbrook and Houston Rockets beat the Clippers
Giannis Antetokounmpo had 34 points and 11 rebounds for Milwaukee Bucks
He helped his side beat LeBron James and the LA Lakers 111-104 on Thursday
Antetokounmpo had seven assists and a career best five 3-pointers
Associated Press Reporter
Giannis Antetokounmpo had 34 points and 11 rebounds, and the Milwaukee Bucks defeated Thursday 1945 LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers 111-104 in a showdown of the top teams of NBA .
Antetokounmpo had seven assists and a career best five 3-pointers, and George Hill added 21 points off the bench for the Bucks. Milwaukee improved to 25-4 after ending an 18-game winning streak against Dallas on Monday night.
James had 21 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists for his seventh triple-double of the season, and Anthony Davis had 36 points and 10 rebounds for Los Angeles. The Lakers dropped to 24-5 for the most part because their bank was scored 34-4 by the reserves of Bucks.
Giannis Antetokounmpo was the star man as Milwaukee Bucks beat LA Lakers
Antetokounmpo shoots for the basket during the game on Thursday night in Wisconsin
Milwaukee led by six after the first quarter when the second opened with a 20-7 run. Davis and James combined to shoot 6 for 20 in the first half, and the Lakers had 10 turnovers. The Bucks led 65-46 at the break.
Los Angeles Lakers 104-111 Milwaukee Bucks
Houston Rockets 122-117 LA Clippers
Utah Jazz 111 -106 Atlanta Hawks
Brooklyn Nets 105-118 San Antonio Spurs
The Bucks improved to 3-0 against the two Los Angeles teams, including the dominant 119 -91 victory over the Clippers at home on December 6.
The last two teams with 20 games over .500 played each other before January 1, 1980. The Boston Celtics (28-8) played the Suns (32-8) in Phoenix. Boston won 116-97
Russell Westbrook scored a season-high 40 points, James Harden added 28 and the Houston Rockets gathered from a 16-point deficit for the Los Angeles Clippers 122-117 Thursday night.
After Houston converted a deficit of 77-61 into a lead of 101-89, Los Angeles moved to 113-107 on its own with left 4:29. The Rockets ended with a 15-4 run to break the 10-game home streak of the Clippers.
Brook Lopez blocks LeBron James shot during the Bucks & # 39; 111-104 victory
Antetokounmpo James embraces the end of the game after the victory of Bucks
Paul George led the Clippers with 34 points and Kawhi Leonard added 25.
It was the second consecutive game where Houston came out of a major shortage. They were 25 behind Monday-evening against San Antonio before they won with two, marking the biggest comeback in franchise history. The Rockets are 7-6 when they are behind double digits this season.
Clipper's guard Patrick Beverley had another tense night against Westbrook and was ejected with 2:52 remaining after receiving his second technical. Westbrook also got a technique to harass Beverley when he left the floor.
The Clippers led 69-54 at halftime and extended their lead to 16 three minutes in the third quarter before the Rockets started to run on a 14-2. They scored nine of the last 10 points in the period to lead 90-87 to the fourth. Westbrook hit the rally with 11 points in the quarter and Harden scored nine after 2 for 7 from the field in the first half.
Houston had a 16-8 lead mid-first quarter before the Clippers went 12-0 run with four straight 3-pointers from Leonard, Beverley, Shamet and George
The game continued close until Los Angeles made a run of 21-5 over a five-minute period in the second quarter to take a lead of 65-48 with 2:14 left. George led the way with 11 points, including three 3-pointers.
Russell Westbrook shoots for glory during the Houston Rockets game with LA Clippers
Milwaukee Bucks's 18-game winning streak ended when Seth Curry and Kristaps Porzingis each scored 26 points to help the Dallas Mavericks sustain a 120-116 win on Monday night.
Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks with 48 points and 14 rebounds, but received little support for Milwaukee lost for the first time since a setback of 103-100 in Utah on November 8.
The winning series was their longest since a franchise record of 20 consecutive wins by the championship team of 1970-71, but it came to an end against the Bucks.
Mavericks guard Jalen Brunson (second right) shoots the Bucks on Monday evening
NBA SCORES OF MONDAYS
Dalla Mavericks 120-116 Milwaukee Bucks
San Antonio Spurs 107-109 Houston Rockets
Miami Heat 111-118 Memphis Grizzlies
Cleveland Cavaliers 113-133 Toronto Raptors
Portland Trail Blazers 111-110 Phoenix Suns
Chicago Bulls 106-109 Oklahoma City Thunder
Washington Wizards 133-119 Detroit Pistons
Dallas led comfortably during most of the fourth quarter to the last half minute.
Tim Hardaway Jr. van de Mavericks made the second of two free throws to make 119-114 with 7.6 seconds left.
At the last moments, Antetokounmpo scored on a lay-out and was polluted, but missed the free throw.
Sterling Brown then grabbed the offensive rebound, but his setback was blocked by Porzingis and the Mavericks held on.
Elsewhere, the Houston Rockets established a record franchise when they canceled a 25-point deficit to beat the San Antonio Spurs 109-107.
The match was still two and a half minutes when P.J. Tucker from Houston hit a 3-pointer.
A Rudy Gay layup brought the Spurs in one with just under a minute before Harden missed a shot at three at the other end.
A 3-pointer from Bryn Forbes rolled onto the kidney before bouncing with about 20 seconds to go, and Harden made two free throws to extend the lead to 109-106 with 16.2 seconds left to go.
The Houston Rockets crawl during the game against the San Antonio Spurs on Monday
The forward Danuel of Houston Rockets House Jr., PJ Tucker and Clint Chapel celebrate the victory
Forb es still missed 3 with 10 more seconds, but the offshoot s got the ball back when Clint Chapel hit the ball out of reach while he fought for a rebound.
The rockets then intentionally contaminated twice and Derrick White made a free throw before he intentionally missed the second with 2.7 seconds to go. But Westbrook grabbed the rebound to secure the win.
Meanwhile, the Memphis Grizzlies made a big upset by beating the Miami Heat 118-111, while the Toronto Raptors cut the Cleveland Cavaliers by a margin of 20 points. , 133-113.
Giannis Antetokounmpo had 38 points and 16 rebounds and the rebounds and the Milwaukee Bucks resisted any threat when beating the Los Angeles Clippers 129-124 on Wednesday
Antetokounmpo just missed a triple-double with nine assists. He has placed at least 10 rebounds and five assists in each of the first eight games of the season, the first player since at least 1972-73 who controlled the performance.
The Clippers were without Kawhi Leonard, who rested for the first half of a back-to-back home. He plays against Portland on Thursday evening.
Giannis Antetokounmpo scored no less than 38 points for the Milwaukee Bucks
Montrezi Harrell (left) made his first start of the season and was excellent for the Clippers
Montrezl Harrell had a career-high 34 points and 13 rebounds in his first start of the season. Lou Williams added 34 points and 11 assists and Patrick Beverley had 20 points and 10 rebounds in the first home loss of the Clippers.
The Bucks ended the game on the free throw line and the Clippers could not connect to their multiple chances during their last possession.
Elsewhere, James Harden had 36 points and 13 assists, and the Houston Rockets routed Golden State 129-112.
Harden again seemed to overcome his early misery, going 6 of 16 from 3-point range. Since he went 17 of 79 on 3s in his first six games, Harden has made 13 of 32 the last two
Russell Westbrook had 18 points, eight rebounds and six assists. P. Tucker had 22 points and 11 rebounds, Clint Chapel added 19 points and 16 rebounds and Austin Rivers was 4 for 4 of 3 with 12 points. Alec Burks Golden State led with 28 points.
James Harden scored 36 points with 13 assists in victory over injury destroyed Golden State
Russell Westbrook was another highlight in the comfortable win for Houston
Already from bl essences to Stephen Curry (broken hand) and Klay Thompson (knee surgery) and the loss of Kevin D urgently, the Warriors were without D & Angelo Russell (sprained right ankle) and Draymond Green (torn ligament in left index finger) for a third straight match.
Houston and Golden State came in 29th and 28th place in the competition in allowed points with an average of 123.1 and 120.4 points per game respectively. Neither team had played a game this season in which they kept their opponents under triple digits.
The Chicago Bulls flew past the Atlanta Hawks while Tomas Satoransky scored a career-high 27 points in their most impressive performance of the season.
Tomas Satoransky helped the Chicago Bulls win the Atlanta Hawks
There was a route for the Detroit Pistons over the New York Knicks, 122-102, and Tony Snell made six 3-pointers, making him the first player in franchise history who shot 100 percent off the field with at least six 3 & # 39 s.
TJ Warren scored 21 points to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 121-106 win over the Washington Wizards.
Pascal Siakam and Kyle Lowry were the highlights for the Toronto Raptors in their 124-120 triumph over the Sacramento Kings.
The Memphis Grizzlies managed to hold a fourth quarter lead and beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 137-121.
A late charge from the Dallas Mavericks and 27 points from Luka Doncic was enough to see them from the Orlando Magic 127-126.
Donovan Mitchell had 24 points and eight assists as the Utah Jazz won a tight game against the Philadelphia 76ers 106-104.
Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell (left) was the striking player in front of his side in their victory
A tearing Giannis Antetokounmpo deserved the most valuable player honor, Mike Budenholzer won the Coach of the Year, and Jon Horst took the lead on Monday-evening in Santa Monica.
Antetokounmpo, the 24-year advance from Greece defeated Paul George from Oklahoma City and James Harden from Houston, who won last year.
Giannis Antetokounmpo broke down with tears of joy after being named MVP on Monday "
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The star of Milwaukee Bucks was later in a happier mood as I did posed for photos with the trophy
Antetokounmpo was a resounding winner. He received 941 points and 78 votes in first place when voting – 165 points more than in Harden.
& # 39; MVP is not about statistics and numbers, and of course James Harden had incredible numbers and also Paul George, but of course it's about winning, & said Antetokounmpo backstage. & # 39; We have developed and maintained great habits throughout the season. That's why we had a chance in every game we played and we could win 60 games. & # 39;
The show had an international flair, with three international players alongside Antetokounmpo.
Antetokounmpo averaged 27.7 points and 12.5 rebounds while earning All-NBA first-team honors this season, his sixth with the Bucks.
Tears rolled down his cheeks as Antetokounmpo thanked his mother Veronica and brothers in the audience on Barker Hanger.
& # 39; We started as a family of nothing, & # 39; he said, & # 39; and we will be in every phase
& # 39; When you hear your name up there on stage & # 39;
Budenholzer also got barred while thanking his family after his second coaching honor. He won the trophy for the first time with Atlanta in 2015.
He led the Bucks to a 60-22 record in the regular season in his first year with the franchise, leading to the Eastern Conference finals, where they lost of the eventual NBA champion Toronto.
& # 39; What they did in court this year, including the playoffs, was special & # 39 ;, said Budenholzer backstage. & # 39; In the end, we were not good enough, but we certainly feel that we have enough talent, we have enough character to be a team that plays in the final and wins a championship. & # 39;
Budenholzer also coached Team Giannis in the All-Star game
He defeated Denver Mike Malone and Doc Rivers of the Los Angeles Clipper
Horst was honored with votes for his fellow NBA executives, while the
Lou Williams was named the sixth man of the year for the second consecutive season and third time in his career, linking former Los Angeles Clipper, Jamal Crawford
Williams defeats teammate Montrezl Harrell, with whom he formed the highest scoring bench in NBA history last season, and Domantas Sabonis of Indiana
Williams became the career leader in points from the bank during the season.
& # 39; This was different because I went a little into the season to want it. In the past years I have always played and lived with what happened, & he said.
26-year-old Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz won the defending player of the year for the second consecutive season. old center from France beats Antetokounmpo and George.
& # 39; I never thought I could do that when I started playing basketball in France, & # 39; said Gobert behind the scenes. & # 39; I didn't know anything about basketball. I just had fun. & # 39;
Pascal Siakam of the NBA champion Toronto Raptors earned the most improved player.
The 25-year-old from Cameroon averaged 16.9 and started 79 out of 80 regular
Siakam had 26 20-point outings after scoring 20 points in a match of only eleven in his first two seasons. He scored 32 points in Game 1 of the NBA Finals.
Siakam defeated The & # 39; Aaron Fox of Sacramento and D & # 39; Angelo Russell of Brooklyn.
Luka Doncic of the Dallas Mavericks easily won Rookie of the year
The 20-year-old small attacker from Slovenia accepted his trophy from RJ Barrett, who went to the New York Knicks last week three in the NBA draw.
Larry Bird and Magic Johnson shared the Lifetime Achievement Award
The other finalists were Deandre Ayton from Phoenix and Trae Young from Atlanta.
The former rivals took turns holding their trophies while talking to each other.
Bird said that the NBA is in good hands with the talented athletes of today and he urged them to keep the game the same so that it goes on for future generations.
Johnson played for the Los Angeles Lakers and Bird with the Boston Celtics
Conley earned the awards for his 12-year tenure with the Memphis
Mike Conley Jr. , recently traded to the Utah Jazz, demanded trophies for teammate and sportiness of the year. Grizzlies.
Bradley Beal of the Washington Wizards received the NBA Cares Community Assist Award
The battle between superstars with the nickname & # 39; The Greek Freak & # 39; and & # 39; The Beard & # 39; want to see?
Well, that is exactly what happens in the NBA Giannis Antetokounmpo and James Harden who are involved in a two-way battle for the MVP (Most Valuable Player) prize.
Both players are in the race to win the prestigious Maurice Podoloff Trophy, decided by a panel of sports writers, after excellent seasons for the Milwaukee Bucks and Houston Rockets, respectively.
James Harden hopes to become the MVP of the NBA two years in a row "
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James Harden (left) and Giannis Antetokounmpo (right) fight it out to become the NBA MVP for the 2018-19
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Harden, pictured with his mother Monica Willis, was named the MVP competition season last season
NBA STATISTICS AVERAGE DURING 2018-19 REGULAR SEASON
BL OKKEN: 1.5
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Paul George, from the city of Oklahoma Thunder, is the other name on the three-man shortlist, but it is unlikely that he will harass Giannis and Harden because his franchise collapsed from the Play-offs in the first hurdle.
Harden, who hopes to be named the MVP of the competition in consecutive campaigns on Monday, averaging 36.1 points per game over the course of the regular season – making him the most deadly scorer of the NBA . points) and Giannis (27.7 points) were second and third but were far behind Harden when he scored on an evening basis during the regular season.
Average of Harden compared to his rivals an incredible achievement.
His scoring average during the regular season (with his scoring starts rising despite the fact that he will turn 30 in August) is only beaten by three players in the history of the NBA – Elgin Baylor, Michael Jordan and Want Chamberlain. Not a bad company to be in.
Jordan averaged 37.1 for the Bulls in the 1986-1987 season, Baylor averaged 38.3 in 1961-62 while Chamberlain defeated the Harden average in five consecutive seasons – including 50.4 for the Philadelphia Warriors in
The NBA is of course a completely different ball game in which many of Chamberlain's records are considered unbreakable now that the competition has been defensively tightened and players are turned more often. Harden also had an average of 7.5 assists and 6.6 rebounds while the Rockets finished fourth in a competitive Western Conference.
Harden also had an average of 7.5 assists and 6.6 rebounds while the Rockets finished fourth in a competitive Western Conference
The Gun Guard, which Sportsmail
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] Stephen Curry
] This week's reports suggest that Harden and Chris Paul no longer talk about the conditions after another season that ends in misery.
Giannis, on the other hand, is a player who dominates at both ends of the court
The 24-year-old led the Bucks to the top spot with 60 wins, but they were not in able to pass the final Toronto Raptors champions during the Eastern Conference finals.
Antetokounmpo, which flies the flag to Europe because of its Greek education, averaging 27.7 points, 12.5 rebounds and 5.9 assists.
Joel Embiid, of the Philadelphia 76ers, was the only player to provide better rebound statistics than Giannis, with both players likely to become the main stars of the NBA when LeBron James and Stephen Curry retire.
In fact, only three non-American players are named
In fact, only three non-American players are named the best player in the division with Nowitzki at Hakeem Olajuwon (Nigeria) and Steve Cash (Canada) at lifting the trophy.
Dirk Nowitzki became the first European player to be named MVP in 2007. "
Dirk Nowitzki became the first European player to be named MVP in 2007 Dirk Nowitzki became the first European player to be named MVP in 2007
NON-AMERICAN MVP WINNERS
Hakeem Olajuwon (Nigeria)
Dirk Nowitzki (Germany)
Steve Nash (Canada)
& # 39; The Bucks believe that Giannis after the summer vacation will return to their training facility in even better shape with their coach Mike Budenholzer lyrically washing in his starman. is going to get better, & # 39; said Budenholzer.
& # 39; his future at 24 hours … is the thing that makes Giannis unique and exciting in our minds, we feel that he will be a lot better l become. Giannis, we feel, we have a lot of room to grow. "
The fact that Giannis was chosen as the captain in the NBA All-Star competition in Charlotte also shows his popularity in the competition.]
He has produced the striking moment in the competition, who threw Team Giannis against Team LeBron, when Curry played an insane bounce pass that closed Antetokounmpo with a sublime alley, Giannis, despite Harden's fascinating form, but it is a fight that can only be good for the competition.
Published: 07:38 BST, 18 May 2019 | Giannis Antetokounmpo had 30 points and 17 rebounds and the Milwaukee Bucks never dragged the way to the Toronto Raptors 125-103 on Friday nights defeat.
They took a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference final when Antetokounmpo scored 11 points in the fourth and the Bucks ended up with six double-digit players – three of them reserves. Nikola Mirotic scored 15, Malcolm Brogdon had 14, George Hill 13 and Khris Middleton 12.
Kawhi Leonard scored 31 points for Toronto, who gave up the first nine points of the game, never led and followed by double digits for the last 39 minutes. Kyle Lowry scored 15 and Norman Powell had 14 for the Raptors. Giannis Antetokounmpo (top right) scored 30 points in a comfortable win "
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Giannis Antetokounmpo (top right) scored 30 points in a comfortable victory
The No 34 appeared before the Milwaukee Bucks who pulled two games away from the series wins
Milwaukee, who led the NBA with a record of 60-22 in the regular season, became the 16th team to start a playoff run with least 10 wins in the first 11 games. Only three teams – the Los Angeles Lakers from 1989, the Lakers in 2001 and the Golden State Warriors 2017 – started an & # 39; postseason & # 39; with 11-0.
The Bucks led with a whopping 28 before Toronto chipped just enough to hold on to any appearance of hope.
Antetokounmpo finally decided that there was enough. With 5:51 left to play Leonard on the block, he spun back to the center of the lane, scored while being hit, and started the three-point game.
He screamed at the crowd and hit the sky.
Milwaukee had a great restorative lead for the second consecutive game – 60-46 in Game 1,
The tone never changed, but I'm not sure what I'm going to do, either. Toronto was down 21 when Lowry recorded his third error to the end with 1:27. The Raptors have left Lowry; I finally committed his fourth mistake 24 hours later when I fight Mirotic for a rebound and let the referees have an ear full while he goes to the bench.
Another roll of the dice didn't pay either: Raptors forward Pascal Siakam got his fourth shortly after the break and then got his fifth with 9:26 left in the third.
<img id = "i-e29e99418de1f449" src = "https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2019/05/18/07/13647846-0- image-a-4_1558161156230.jpg "height =" 448 "width =" 634 "alt =" Kawhi Leonard (right) was a rare light point for the Toronto Raptors with 31 own points "Kawhi Leonard (right) was a rare light point for the Toronto Raptors with 31 own points "
Milwaukee & # 39; s lead was 35-21 after the first , 64-39 in half. It was the first time that Toronto had been beaten 10 or more points in each of the first two quarters of the match since May 25, 2016, against Cleveland and the 25-point break was by far the worst of the Raptors season, following Houston 55-37 on March 5.
Antetokounmpo started the second half with a three-point game and pushed the lead to 28. That was then Toronto found a bit of a groove. The Raptors defeated Milwaukee 31-16 in the next nine minutes and landed 83-70 on a 3-pointer by Fred VanVleet. Brogdon repaired his own miss and scored, then set up George Hill for a score in the transition, and Hill scored again a few seconds later from the Raptors' turnover.
Just like that, the lead was back to 19, and it was 95-78 going into the fourth.
Antetokounmpo showed why he is finalist for MVP and defending player of the year
The males have never lost a series in a 2- 0 lead; they have been to this place 13 times before. Toronto has never overcome a deficit of the 2-0 series in seven previous attempts.
This series has announced much representation on the list of finalists for the highest individual awards of the NBA, Friday. Antetokounmpo is finalist for MVP and defensive player of the year; the Bucks & # 39; Mike Budenholzer is a Coach of the Year finalist and Siakam is a most improved player finalist.
Antetokounmpo is assured of the highest finisher of the Bucks in the MVP race since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar won the prize in 1974.
When Giannis Antetokounmpo recorded his fourth error in the third quarter of a draw, the Boston Celtics had a chance to drive away.
Milwaukee took control instead. From the game and the series.
Antetokounmpo saw the Bucks bank open for a two-digit lead and then returned with a dominating fourth quarter to end with 39 points and 16 rebounds when Milwaukee defeated 113-101 on Monday on Monday Win from the first trip to the Eastern Conference finals since 2001.
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Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 39 points and 16 rebounds when the Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Boston Celtics 113-101 Monday-evening to lead their play-off series 3-1
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Despite spending part of Game Four on the couch Antetokounmpo still produced a competition winning performance when the Bucks within one win of the Eastern Conference finals
George Hill scored 15 points – nine in the third quarter – and Pat Connaughton had nine points and 10 rebounds from the Milwaukee bank, which is Boston's 42-16 bank defeated in Game 3.
After sitting out the last 8:18 of the third quarter, Antetokounmpo scored 17 points with seven rebounds in the fourth to help the Bucks drive away. ]
& # 39; It's always hard to beat Giannis; let's start there. But at the end of the day we are aware that we are trying to keep it fresh, & said Budenholzer.
But there was depression for the Celtics, who now have a hard time to reach
The Celtics & # 39; Aron Baynes defends against Milwaukee & # 39; s Giannis Antetokounmpo in Game Four
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& # 39; It's hard to find the words (for) what he does for our team, both ends of the court . He is special, but he is very hungry. He wants more, and he plays that way.
The Bucks have won three since they lost the opener of the best-of-seven series at home and can eliminate the Celtics in Game 5 at home on Wednesday nights
They have the Eastern finals have not reached since the 2001 team of Ray Allen and Glenn Robinson in seven games fell to Allen Iverson of Philadelphia and Dikembe Mutombo. "They don't waste an opportunity like this," Antetokounmpo said. & # 39; At the end of the day I have to do what it takes to help my team win. & # 39;
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] Kyrie Irving finishes in the first row during the second half of the game on Monday evening "
Kyrie Irving ends up in the first row during the second half of the game on Monday evening
In what was perhaps his last home game for the Celtics, Kyrie Irving scored 23 points with 10 assists. But he was seven for 22 from the floor, one for seven from a three-point range.
& # 39; Who cares? I am a basketball player, said the six-time All-Star, who can become a free agent this summer. & # 39; I am trying to do everything. For me, the 22 shots – I should have shot 30.
After all scorers with 26 points in the away game in Game 1 in Boston, Irving has made 19 of the 62 shots and only 4 of the 20 out of 3-point range.
He left the court with a few seconds on the counter; Irving, & # 39; Do not leave! & # 39;
& # 39; I probably don't want to be all over the world. , & # 39; Celtics centers Al Horford, who scored a 20.
& # 39; We are at a low point as a group, I think that's the reality. We have to bring that fight against them on Wednesday.
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ball away from Al Hoford and Jaylen Brown
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Jayson Tatum of the Celtics goes for the basket, but they would eventually losing the game to the Celtics goes for the basket, but they would end
 02] Boston defeated Milwaukee in seven games in the first round of last year and lost in LeBron James and the Cavaliers in seven matches in the final of last year. They will have to win three straight pieces – two of them en route – to return.
Marcus Morris Sr. scored 18 with 14 rebounds, and Jayson Tatum had 17 points and 10 plates for Boston.
Pat Connaughton celebrates a successful play while the Bucks claimed victory in Boston "
Bucks claimed victory in Boston"
Pat Connaughton celebrates a successful piece when the Bucks claimed victory in Boston
Boston led with a whopping 11 points before Connaughton made a long 3 at the buzzer of the first quarter at make it 30-22.
Boston led 67-65 for Milwaukee scored 13 of the following 14 points – seven of them through Hill, and all with Antetokounmpo on the bench – to open a two-digit lead.
& # 39; Yes that was a killer & # 39 ;, said coach Brad Stevens of Celtics. & # 39; Their bank is coming in, they have not had a drop-off. Connaughton has been excellent. George Hill & # 39; s was absolutely amazing.
Milwaukee has won four consecutive road races …. Marcus Smart, who has been out since he has a muscle in his side during the penultimate race of the regular season , played 15 minutes and scored three points, making one of the seven attempts of 3-point range …. It was Antetokounmpo & # 39; s eighth career 30-point play-off game,