Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo, Damian Lillard Get Brutally Honest On Playing Together

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After a slow start to the season, the Milwaukee Bucks are 9-4 and superstars Giannis Antetokounmpo and Damian Lillard are playing great together.

During the Bucks’ 132-125 win over the Dallas Mavericks on November 18, Antetokounmpo finished with 40 points, 15 points and seven assists, while Lillard ended the night with 27 points, three rebounds and 12 assists.

“I think tonight, he’s the horse,” Lillard said of Antetokounmpo. “I wanna see him be four-time MVP or five-time MVP and have those type of games. And I’m here because I’ve had a lot of success. I’ve won a lot of games. I’ve had a lot of individual success, but I’m here to win.

“Us winning is not gonna look like my performances in Portland all the time even though there will be some of those nights. But like I said, he’s the horse and there’s gonna be a quarter where I jump out front and carry the load, I dominate a quarter. Or down the stretch, five minutes, six minutes, you’re gonna see me probably take control and take command of that because those are my moments. And it just has to be a balance of us both and us complementing each other leading to wins.”

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The Bucks are 8-2 when Antetokounmpo and Lillard both play. Antetokounmpo is averaging 29.3 points, 9.9 rebounds and 4.3 assists on the season, while Lillard is averaging 24.8 points, 4.2 rebounds and 6.2 assists.

“At the end of the day, like through all the new things that we are doing in this team and me not being in my comfort zone, I believe that I’m going to be able to become the best version of myself,” Antetokounmpo said. “I’m kind of trying to be as much, I think throughout the whole season, out of my comfort zone, you know? So at the end of the day, I hope that when it matters the most, I’m going to be the best version of myself and I can try to help my teammates in the best way that I can.

“But again, I’m happy that we have a guy that can have the ball down the stretch and make plays and create for himself, get to the free throw line and create plays for us. And it takes a lot of pressure from me and a lot of attention from me, too.”

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With Antetokounmpo and Lillard leading the way, the Bucks are expected to compete for a championship. It will be fascinating to see how Milwaukee performs in the 2024 playoffs.

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