Antetokounmpo determines to continue high level performance

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Giannis Antetokounmpo is determined to continue with his high level of performance after he dropped career-high 55 points against Washington

Milwaukee Bucks player Giannis Antetokounmpo says he wants to perform at the highest level and get people tired of talking about his performance.

Antetokounmpo dropped a career-high 55 points in the 123-113 victory of Milwaukee Bucks over Washington on Tuesday night, snapping the Wizards’ five-game winning streak. The forward had 10 rebounds and seven assists to continue the best stretch of his career.

“I want to get in a position … that my game is boring,” Antetokounmpo said. “I just do what I do and people don’t talk about it because it becomes boring — I do it every single night. That’s what I want to do. I want other people to feel like my game is boring. But I don’t get bored. The greats — the best players — never get bored. They go out there and they always give their best any given night.”

Antetokounmpo has scored at least 40 points, 10 rebounds and given 5 assists in each of the past three games he has played. The two-time MVP sat out a 118-95 loss to the Wizards on Sunday because of a sore left knee.

“He’s been kind of playing with this kind of determination, this kind of just willing us in games,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said. “Tonight we were able to win it. He’s just been phenomenal.”

Bucks center Brook Lopez is in his fifth season of playing alongside Antetokounmpo. The 7-footer couldn’t recall a regular-season stretch in which Antetokounmpo has played better than this.

“He’s just constantly improving,” said Lopez, who had 21 points and 12 rebounds. “When you think where else can he go and how else can he improve, he just improves again. We’re going to have to expand the English language in some way to come up with words [to describe him]. I don’t know if I’ve said that before, but I’m sure he’s going to improve again. Who knows what he’s going to do next. He’s just so otherworldly.”

 

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