Giannis Antetokounmpo Outduels Joel Embiid as Bucks Clinch No. 1 Seed
- Author: Rosalie Stanley Apr 07, 2019,
Apr 07, 2019, 0:23
The Bucks lost Eric Bledsoe to an ejection when tempers flared 2½ minutes into the contest.
George Hill #3 and Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks celebrates after the game against the Philadelphia 76ers on April 4, 2019 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.
Embiid made sure to let the Bucks guard know what he thought as he waved at him while Bledsoe walked off the court.
When the Philadelphia 76ers and the Milwaukee Bucks matched up on Thursday night, things were bound to get emotional, and they did. The ball bounced away before he had a chance to react and wound up landing next to Sixers forward Mike Scott, who proceeded to throw it right at Bledsoe as players from both teams quickly converged around each other.
The incident caused Bledsoe to pick up two technical fouls and get ejected not even three minutes into the contest while Embiid and Scott picked up a technical foul each.
Philadelphia 76ers star Joel Embiid recently said that he's the most unstoppable player in the National Basketball Association, and he has an argument given the dominance he has shown in his short time in the league so far.
The back-and-forth encounter was a battle of the stars as Giannis Antetokounmpo and Joel Embiid traded blows all game, with the Greek Freak getting the last laugh, finishing with 45 points, 13 rebounds, six assists and FIVE blocks in the win.
'It's been a really special year, ' Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said.
Antetokounmpo scored 12 points in the first quarter as the Bucks took a 30-26 lead into the second.
'He's been doing it all for us this whole season, ' Bucks All-Star Khris Middleton said.
After Redick missed a 3, Hill scored again from close range off an assist from Antetokounmpo to give Milwaukee a 121-119 lead with 1:02 left. Hopefully we'll be smarter and better for it as a team.
The West-leading Golden State improved to 54-24 on the season with just four regular season games left.