Antetokounmpo, Bucks beat Davis-led Lakers 111-104
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Giannis Antetokounmpo had 34 points and 11 rebounds, and the Milwaukee Bucks beat LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers 111-104 in a showdown of the NBA's top teams.
Antetokounmpo had seven assists and a career-best five 3-pointers, and George Hill added 21 points off the bench for the Bucks.
Milwaukee improved to 25-4 after ending an 18-game winning streak against Dallas on Monday night.
James had 21 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists for his seventh triple-double of the season, and Anthony Davis had 36 points and 10 rebounds for Los Angeles. The Lakers dropped to 24-5.
It was a dream game for Bucks fans, and some of them paid big bucks for tickets on the secondary market. The energetic crowd could be heard from outside of Fiserv Forum. Even though most fans in Milwaukee were rooting for the Bucks, Lebron's presence gave them an extra dose of excitement.
”I’m very excited, I've never seen Lebron and I’m excited to see Lebron," said game goer, George Tellis. "I’m used to Giannis so I know what he's going to do.”
Fans say watching LeBron and Giannis play against each other was a sight to see.
”We’ve been talking about this at work for a couple of weeks, we were looking forward to this so we had to come down and it’s just an amazing thing to watch two of the greatest playing against each other,” said Chris Diesing, a Bucks fan.
“I think it’s a good battle, I think that Giannis pulled out this game but it’s a good battle to see,” said another Bucks fan, Jack Young.
Ticket prices soared up to $2,000 each for Thursday night's game.
Fans believe the two teams could play each other again in June, but with the Bucks' win, they're confident in their team.
”It’s a finals preview in my opinion, so it’s very exciting to see how these two teams match up, gives us something to look forward to until June,” said Adan Vasquez who attended Thursday's game.