Bucks' star shows MVP potential against HardenSports | 11 Jan 2019
Giannis Antetokounmpo wasn't going to join in on the debate about whether he should be an early favorite for MVP after he led the NBA's Milwaukee Bucks to a victory over the Houston Rockets and last year's MVP James Harden.
The rising star was just happy the Bucks were leaving Houston with a win.
"All I care about is winning," Antetokounmpo said. "I know by winning and doing whatever it takes to help your teammates and leaving everything out on the floor everything will take care of itself - the titles and all that."
Antetokounmpo scored 27 points and grabbed a season-high 21 rebounds to help the Bucks withstand a 42-point performance from Harden in a 116-109 win.
In this matchup of early front-runners for MVP, Harden and his teammates were done in by a shooting slump that started late in the third quarter. "We just got stagnant and defensively I think we allowed 38 points in that quarter - way too many," Harden said.