Published: Sun, January 13, 2019
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Antetokounmpo scores 27 to lead Bucks over Rockets 116-109

Antetokounmpo scores 27 to lead Bucks over Rockets 116-109

Secondly, the battle of MVP candidates, those being Giannis Antetokounmpo and James Harden, which was hyped long before Wednesday night's tip-off didn't disappoint as both superstars ended up collecting storylines tailor-made to their respective strengths and skills.

The Bucks managed to overcome a big performance from James Harden on Wednesday night. Antetokounmpo registered his first 20-rebound effort of the season in an almost-quiet fashion.

"To be honest with you, all I care about right now is getting better, helping my team win". "He does it in so many ways".

Harden, the 2017-18 MVP, reached the game-high double digits at Toyota Centre but was overshadowed by his rival's double-double as Antetokounmpo finished with 27 points, 21 rebounds and five assists.

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With all that out of the way, let's dive into how each and every Bucks player that saw the floor during their win over the Houston Rockets graded out, and much more. After Harden turned the ball over, than regained it with a steal only to miss a three-pointer, Antetokounmpo made sure the next Bucks possession produced some points as he rose to tap in a miss by Khris Middleton.

Whether or not Antetokounmpo will earn this season's MVP award remains to be seen, but there is no doubt he'll be in the conversation. "And [becoming the league's best player is] going to take care of itself". "He's definitely [elite], just the way he impacts the game".

Malcolm Brogdon contributed 24 points to the win. "We couldn't get to where we want to go because we couldn't get any stops". "That s- hurt. I didn't even know what happened".

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