Luka Doncic says Giannis Antetokounmpo 'the best player in the NBA' after Bucks hand Mavs fourth straight loss

MILWAUKEE — Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks removed Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday night, 124-115, in the most recent match in between 2 of the league’s finest and most special gamers. Though competitive on the flooring, the dueling MVP prospects share a shared regard for the other’s capabilities. 

“Enjoy [competing against him] is hard because I want to win, so it’s hard to go against a guy like that,” Doncic stated after the Mavericks’ 4th successive defeat. “He’s the best player in the NBA right now. He’s almost impossible to stop. It’s really fun to see him play, but it’s not that fun to go against him.”

Antetokounmpo completed with 30 points, 11 rebounds and 4 helps on 11-of-19 from the field for his 4th successive 30-point getaway. This is currently his 2nd 30-point streak of a minimum of 4 video games this season, and he’s balancing a career-high 30.9 points per video game to accompany 11.4 rebounds and 5.4 helps. Now into his 10th season in the league, the Greek Freak seems much better than ever. 

“He improves every day,” Doncic stated. “He works really hard, you can see it. He works on everything, he works on his shot and he’s gotten better at a lot of things. He just gets better every day.”

Later in the night, long after the Mavericks had actually left for the airport to return house, the two-time MVP made his method to the podium for his post-game media conference, and was pleased to hear what Doncic had actually stated. 

“That’s a great compliment and I appreciate that,” Antetokounmpo stated. “When you play against the best players in the league, being able to say something like that feels good. No matter wins or losses, just being respected by your peers, it’s always a good feeling.”

His appreciation for Doncic, who opted for 27 points, 5 rebounds and 12 helps in simply his 5th getaway this season with less than 30 points, was simply as gushing. 

“I always love playing against the best players in the league,” Antetokounmpo stated. “He’s an incredible player, incredible talent, arguably one of the most talented players I’ve ever seen in my lifetime. It’s unbelievable what he can do for himself and his team, and it’s always great going against players like that.”

Earlier this month, throughout a look on Serge Ibaka’s YouTube series, “How Hungry are You?”, Antetokounmpo called Doncic as the point player in his beginning 5 for a theoretical match-up in between global and American NBA gamers. The remainder of the league need to be grateful that fictional circumstances like that are the only time these 2 super stars remain in the very same lineup. 



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