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Bucks' Antetokounmpo dominates as Milwaukee tops Raptors, 125-103

Dan Woike, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Basketball

MILWAUKEE -- The Bucks' leaders in points, rebounds, assists and steals this postseason were pictured on the giant scoreboard above Milwaukee's home floor Friday night.

The team's leading scorer, Giannis Antetokounmpo, was pictured on the left. Next to him was Milwaukee's leading rebounder, Giannis Antetokounmpo.

To his right stood the team's leading assist man, Giannis Antetokounmpo. And all the way on the right was the leader in steals.

Yeah, that's Giannis Antetokounmpo too.

He scored 30 points and had 17 rebounds in a 125-103 win over the Toronto Raptors to give the Bucks a 2-0 lead in the NBA Eastern Conference finals.

Antetokounmpo also was named a finalist for most valuable player, along with Houston's James Harden and Oklahoma City's Paul George, and defensive player of the year.

 

Afterward, Antetokounmpo's teammates were flummoxed with the question that will define the next decade of professional basketball: Just how good can this guy get?

"His ceiling? His prime? Whew," Pat Connaughton said. "I'm not sure."

On the game's first possession, Antetokounmpo got near the basket, and with multiple Raptors trying to stop him, missed the shot high off the backboard. But almost in a single movement, he leaped and grabbed it, slamming it home for a 2-0 lead -- the closest the score would be all game.

On the next possession, Antetokounmpo flew across the paint and sent a shot by Toronto's Marc Gasol at the rim into the seats. And on possession 3, he broke loose and scored on another slam.

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