Giannis Antetokounmpo and LeBron James clashed once again on Friday night in a very entertaining game. One of the most anticipated matchups of the season, in which the No. 1 team in the East and the No. 1 team in the West met, ended with a 113-103 win for the Purple and Gold, led by LeBron James.
In a magical night for Bron, he reached 34k points in his NBA career, becoming the third player to reach that milestone. He was very active the entire game and fans were quick to notice he was constantly looking for Giannis on both ends of the floor.
Even Giannis noticed that as he praised the 3x NBA champion once the game was finished. Talking with reporters, the Greek Freak explained how good is to play with LeBron, ‘one of the best players in the league’.
“It was good playing against one of the best players in the league. I think you can feel whenever he played the ball down, when you go against him you can feel the greatness. I’ve always said, the best, that’s what I wanna be. Obviously, he’s one of the best players in the game, really smart, you cannot be BS against him, he’ll come after you, you gotta be ready to go, you gotta be ready to fight against him, and I think we were ready to fight, I think we did a good job, but at the end of the day he’s gonna get the shots up, he’s gonna get his teammates the lob, so… It’s LeBron James, what can I say?”
Giannis has always been respectful when it comes to LeBron James. He’s never hesitated to show his admiration for the King and even less after he put on a show on Friday night. James finished the game with 37 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists, helping the Lakers to clinch their first playoffs berth since 2013.
Antetokounmpo, on the other side, scored 32 points with 11 rebounds and 6 assists. The Bucks became the fastest team to reach the playoffs in NBA history in recent days. This game had several condiments, including the clash of the two biggest candidates for the MVP award. This time, LeBron won the duel.