After Sunday afternoon’s thriller that came down to the final buzzer, Tuesday’s game between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Brooklyn Nets was one of the most anticipated rematches of the NBA season.
The stars were out during the last matchup between the two Eastern Conference powerhouses. Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo and Nets star Kevin Durant got into a scoring duel of epic proportion. Giannis scored a season-high 49 points while KD dropped 42 points as the two All-Stars put on an unforgettable show for NBA fans.
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Nets Don’t Guard Giannis From Three
At the beginning of Tuesday’s game Nets head coach, Steve Nash tried to make a defensive adjustment to how he wanted his team to defend Giannis after getting destroyed by the reigning Most Valuable Player last game.
Giannis historically has not been a consistently good three-point shooter and Nash tried to use that to his team’s advantage. The Nets just straight up were not going past the free throw line to defend ‘The Greek Freak’ and he responded to the Nets disrespect in a big way.
Giannis would go on to hit three shots from beyond the arc in a 21-point first half for the 2021 All-Star Game MVP.
TOO MUCH SPACE. Giannis on fire from 3. 🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/Awt70A2pNZ
— House of Highlights (@HoHighlights) May 5, 2021
Giannis Acknowledges KD as an All-Time Great
While the Nets and Bucks games may have seemed like a back and forth battle between the two former league MVPs, Giannis insists that is not the message that he is trying to send. Even a player of his caliber knows that getting in a scoring duel with KD is a death sentence.
“I was not going back and forth with KD. KD is one of the greatest scorers to ever play the game, you cannot play that way. If you go back and forth with a guy like that, he is going to score 50, 70, know what I’m saying,” Giannis said to ESPN’s Rachel Nichols after the win.
“I just had a lucky night and at the end of the day, I was able to slow him down, get to my spots, kept being aggressive. But this game doesn’t mean anything, it doesn’t mean anything to me, we …read more