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Giannis Antetokounmpo Says It Meant A Lot To Beat The Raptors

(via Bleacher Report)

(via Bleacher Report)

Months after their devastating defeat at the hands of Kawhi Leonard and the Raptors in the Eastern Conference Finals, Giannis and the Bucks had their chance at revenge.

And while one regular-season game does not match the importance of the Conference Finals, Giannis admitted how good it felt to come away victorious against Toronto after his team's 115-105 win on Saturday.

“Definitely, I had a lot of motivation,” he said, via ESPN. “Obviously, a different team. Kawhi (Leonard) is not on the team, but I think guys have stepped up. (Kyle) Lowry is still playing amazing. (Pascal) Siakam has stepped up a lot for this team. They are the team that cost us a trip to the NBA Finals. Obviously, you are going to come out and play a little bit harder and have a little bit extra juice in you.”

Antetokounmpo led his team to victory with 36 points (on 14-of-20 shooting), 15 rebounds, eight assists, a steal, and four blocks in 36 minutes of play.

Unfortunately, he was unable to do the same during their last match together. With Kawhi, Kyle Lowry, Marc Gasol, and the crew the Raptors were just too stacked and too good to be bested in a best-of-7 series.

But with him gone, the narrative has changed. The reigning MVP is expected to lead the Bucks on a long postseason run this year.

Still, dominating an opponent that cost them a Finals appearance must have felt nice.