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Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo’s prideful reaction to taking over vs. Kawhi Leonard, Paul George

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Paul George, Kawhi Leonard, Bucks

Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo put up monster numbers against the Los Angeles Clippers and their All-Star pairing of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George in their 105-100 victory Sunday night. Antetokounmpo was pumped after the tightly-contested win and it showed in an interview, per Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN

“It was individual pride. It is pride. It is an ego thing. Personally, I love that going down the stretch. I feel like it’s greatness,” Antetokounmpo remarked. “When you go against the best in the world down the stretch and you are trying to get a stop and they are trying to score on you to win the game, it’s greatness developing at that moment.”

Giannis Antetokounmpo had great moment after great moment as he finished the game with a full stat line of 36 points, 14 boards, five assists, a steal, and four blocks for the Bucks. He shot 55.6% from the field. Antetokounmpo, who has taken flak for not being able to close games, won’t be hearing it for awhile from critics after this impressive performance.

At one point, Giannis Antetokounmpo outscored the Clippers 17 to 10 by himself. He had two key, defensive plays against center Ivica Zubac and Kawhi Leonard. The latter gave praise to the Bucks.

“You gotta give them credit though,” Leonard said. “They locked in and tuned in on us, and they got stops when they needed it.”

The Bucks are riding a five-game winning streak with their win versus the Clippers being the most remarkable one. Milwaukee currently has a record of 21-13, which places them just behind the Philadelphia 76ers and Brooklyn Nets in the Eastern Conference. 

Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks will look to extend their unbeaten streak this coming Tuesday when they pay Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets a visit in Mile High City.