Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo said earlier this week that he had not seen this week’s game against the Lakers like him against LeBron James.
“This is not the game, me against LeBron,” NBA defending player James, who won the award four times, said Wednesday. “This is our team that plays well, plays good basketball,, and faces the Lakers.”
But there was a moment in Bucks 111-104 victory over the Lakers on Thursday night that could have indicated otherwise.
With just over nine minutes remaining in the last quarter, Antetokounmpo broke his fifth three-point record in his career to give Milwaukee a 98-84 lead. He celebrated it in two gestures. The first was a playful nod to the TNT cameras while running.
The second seemed a bit more significant since the Greek monster formed what appeared to be an imaginary crown with his hands and placed it on his head.
🔥 5 3PM FOR GIANNIS 🔥
— NBA (@NBA) December 20, 2019
He didn’t explain the action after the game, but again, was an explanation essential? After all, he shared the court with a living legend widely known as King James.
Antetokounmpo finished the game with 34 points, 11 rebounds, and seven assists. James had 21 points, including three three-point shots, with 12 rebounds and 11 assists or his seventh triple-double this year.
After the game, James was asked about Antetokounmpo’s performance. He responded with a silent gesture on his part, a piece of imaginary advice.
LeBron “tips his hat” to Giannis’ career-high 5 threes. pic.twitter.com/CJOC3meSd1
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 20, 2019