Giannis Antetokounmpo Dominates, Milwaukee Bucks Topple Los Angeles Lakers

The Milwaukee Bucks overwhelmed the Los Angles Lakers Thursday night, winning their ninth straight thanks to yet another overpowering performance from Giannis Antetokounmpo. The two-time MVP hung 38 points, 10 rebounds, and six assists on a spiralling Lakers squad.

Antetokounmpo hit 14 of his 23 of his field goal attempts and nine of his 13 free throws. The Bucks haven't lost a game since he returned from a five-game absence on January 23rd against the Detroit Pistons. Over the win streak, he's averaged a colossal 37.6 points, 14 rebounds, and 5.4 assists per game while lifting his season averages to 32.3 points, 12.4 rebounds, and 5.4 assists per game.

The Bucks are now 38-17 and second in the Eastern Conference, only one game behind the Boston Celtics. Perhaps no player is more crucial to his team's success than Antetokounmpo; his 38.9 usage rate leads the league. He has nearly single-handedly steered the team through an extended absence from three-time All Star Khris Middleton (39 missed games) and positioned the Bucks for a deep playoff run. Antetokounmpo remains perhaps the most fearsome and accomplished player in the Eastern Conference.

The Bucks will stay in Los Angeles to face the Clippers Friday in the second game of a back-to-back.

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