Two definitive statements had been made Thursday within the Bucks’ 128-122 win over the 76ers: Milwaukee is for sure the staff to beat within the Japanese Convention, and Giannis Antetokounmpo has greater than a official probability to unseed James Harden because the NBA MVP.
Down 5 factors with lower than two minutes to play, Antetokoumpo couldn’t discover a strategy to get a shot off because the 76ers keyed on him, however he influenced so many performs it did not matter.
The 24-year-old star tallied three rebounds, three assists and a block throughout that span because the Bucks completed the sport on a 15-Four run to earn the victory and clinch the No. 1 seed within the Japanese Convention.
Coach Mike Budenholzer spoke about Antetokounmpo’s MVP candidacy after the sport.
“That felt like a press release, particularly what he does defensively with 5 blocks and 13 rebounds, it modifications the sport,” he mentioned.
Listed here are Mike Budenholzer’s full feedback on Giannis Antetokounmpo’s MVP candidacy.
Budenholzer: “That felt like a press release, particularly what he does defensively with 5 blocks and 13 rebounds, it modifications the sport.” pic.twitter.com/zBs5Es9T5V
— Ben Mallis (@BenMallis) April 5, 2019
Antetokoumpo completed with 45 factors, 13 rebounds, six assists, 5 blocks and 0 turnovers and he wanted each single a type of stats as Joel Embiid appeared to match him play for play with 34 factors, 13 rebounds and 13 assists of his personal.
However Giannis despatched again one Embiid shot late within the sport and blocked the All-Star middle thrice by the 48 minutes.
Finest report in NBA clinched.
— Justin Wills (@itsjwills) April 5, 2019
Studs of the Night time
Kings guard Buddy Hield had a game-high 23 factors on 9-of-16 capturing in Sacramento’s 117-104 win over the Cavaliers.
JJ Redick had 29 factors on 10-of-15 capturing within the 76ers’ loss.
Dud of the Night time
Cavaliers guard Brandon Knight had 5 factors on 1-of-7 capturing in Cleveland’s loss.
Lakers guard Alex Caruso tallied an emphatic put-back dunk in opposition to the Warriors.
With two to 4 video games left for many groups within the East, the sixth, seventh and eighth playoff spots are nonetheless up for grabs. Listed here are all the video games to observe Friday as 26 of 30 groups are in motion.
Raptors (56-23) at Hornets (36-42), 7 p.m. ET — The Hornets are all however eradicated, however not mathematically. A loss to the Raptors would all however knock them out.
Hawks (29-50) at Magic (39-40), 7 p.m. ET — Orlando is tied with the Nets for the seventh playoff spot with three video games to play.
Warmth (38-40) at Timberwolves (35-43), eight p.m. ET — Miami is presently on the surface trying in on the eighth playoff spot.
Pistons (39-39) at Thunder (45-33), eight p.m. ET — Detroit is presently in sixth within the East.
Brooklyn Nets — Off