Jrue Holiday put the exclamation point on Wednesday night’s heavyweight bout between the Milwaukee Bucks and Boston Celtics.

The Bucks point guard put the clamps on newly minted Defensive Player of the Year Marcus Smart on two crucial defensive possessions for Milwaukee:

Jrue Holiday’s game-sealing stops had the rest of the NBA buzzing. Utah Jazz All-Star Donovan Mitchell and Portland Trail Blazers wing Josh Hart could only utter the Bucks star’s first name in shock:

Jrue’s lockdown defense had guys like Kyle Kuzma and Wade Baldwin IV questioning the point guard hierarchy in the league. He has proven himself invaluable to the Bucks, but his place among the NBA’s best floor generals isn’t talked about enough:

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Los Angeles Clippers veteran Nicolas Batum and Toronto Raptors big man Precious Achiuwa, both pretty solid defenders in their own right, were vocal about Jrue Holiday deserving DPOY. Those two plays were a microcosm of his defensive impact for the Bucks on a nightly basis:

Jrue Holiday clearly has the respect of his NBA peers as several other players around the league were left admiring his work in the win. New Orleans Pelicans star CJ McCollum, Charlotte Hornets stud Miles Bridges, and Atlanta Hawks sharpshooter Kevin Huerter were all vocal about Jrue Holiday being a consummate winner:

The closing seconds of Game 5 are the exact situations that the Bucks needed Jrue Holiday for. The trade to acquire him already paid dividends last season during their magical run to the title. But Holiday isn’t done proving his worth to Milwaukee.