The Milwaukee Bucks put up a dominant performance against the Golden State Warriors on Christmas Day and back-to-back NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo claimed they have a better team this year. Antetokounmpo scored just 15 points and had 13 rebounds but it was enough for the Bucks to claim a dominant 138-99 win over the Warriors.
"The Milwaukee Bucks this year, we're good ... we're better," Antetokounmpo said after the win, per ESPN. "We have some great guys that we added to the team. They're playing the right way, and once everything fits in together, we're going to be good.
It's going to be fun to watch." Antetokounmpo didn't score that much against the Warriors but Bucks forward Khris Middleton went off as he scored a game-high 31 points. "That's what it's all about.
In some ways you want to drive yourself crazy by telling yourself there's always something you can be better at and try to be perfect even though you never can be," Middleton said. "But I think that's what it's all about, just trying to find ways to be better just as a complete basketball player, not just as a scorer or a shooter."
Antetokounmpo bounces back
Antetokounmpo missed a free throw that would have tied the game against the Boston Celtics in season opener as the Celtics claimed a narrow 122-121 win over the Bucks. "I'm upset about it," Antetokounmpo said after the game.
"But you can't change it. So it's done. "Hopefully when I'm in the same position, I can make the next one. That's the mentality you've got to have. But obviously there's a little bit of a weight on your shoulders [in those situations] because, if you miss, that's it for your team.
"I'm a winner, and I want to do whatever it takes for my team to win. But, you know, you learn from every situation that basketball puts you in." Meanwhile, Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer was happy with the way his team bounced back after the Celtics loss.
"I think there were a lot of good things on both ends of the court. So, credit to our players and it just kind of came together for us," Budenholzer said. "It's a pretty difficult start for Golden State to be on the road after a pretty short preseason to go to Brooklyn then come here. "Some days everything just comes together for you, and it was a good effort for us."