Giannis Antetokounmpo dunks and blocks.
He does not normally get dunked on and blocked.
But that’s exactly what happened as the Milwaukee Bucks fell to the Oklahoma City 118-112 on Monday (AEDT).
Antetkounmpo started 0-for-7, was blocked SEVEN times — the most any player has in a single game this season — and then to add insult to injury, was on the receiving end of a monstrous Paul George poster.
He also finished with 27 points and 18 rebounds. But that’s the predictable part.
To watch one of the most unique athletes in the history of the league largely shut down around the rim — he actually went 3-for-5 from deep (again, weird) — was strange to see, as the likes of Jerami Grant and Nerlens Noel came out looking pretty good.
George was the standout for the Thunder; the 2019 All-Star starter draining eight threes for his 36 points, while Russell Westbrook put up a 13-point triple-double; his 16th of the season.
CHRIS PAUL IS BACK
He didn’t do much, and it was still pretty much all on James Harden to get the win, as usual.
But he’s back. And Harden did Harden things.
The reigning MVP came up big in the clutch to lead the Houston Rockets to a surprisingly tight 103-98 win over the Orlando Magic.
Harden finish with 40 points, 11 boards, and six assists, while Chris Paul had 12 points, five rebounds, and six assists.
Aaron Gordon was the high man for Orlando with 23 points.
LUKA DONCIC IS GREAT AT BASKETBALL
It’s kind of strange that we aren’t making a bigger deal out of Luka Doncic’s performances.
But the thing is, he’s done it so often now that it’s becoming relatively normal.
The Dallas rookie (!), dropped his second triple-double of the season; tallying 35 points, 12 boards, and 10 assists as the Mavericks came up just short against the Toronto Raptors.
The 121-117 scoreline was as only as tight as it was because Doncic made up for his underperforming teammates.
Doncic is so good that veterans like DeAndre Jordon and Harrison Barnes have come to the realisation that giving the ball to the 19-year-old is their best shot at winning basketball games.
Kawhi Leonard had 33 points for the Raptors as they closed the distance on the Bucks atop the Eastern Conference.
CLEVELAND CAVALIERS 104 — 101 CHICAGO BULLS
SACRAMENTO KINGS 108 — 122 LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS
MILWAUKEE BUCKS 112 — 118 OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER
ORLANDO MAGIC 98 — 103 HOUSTON ROCKETS
TORONTO RAPTORS 123 — 120 DALLAS MAVERICKS
UTAH JAZZ 125 — 111 MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES
WASHINGTON WIZARDS 119 — 132 SAN ANTONIO SPURS
MIAMI HEAT 106 — 97 NEW YORK KNICKS
PHOENIX SUNS 102 — 116 LOS ANGELES LAKERS