Antetokounmpo scores 27 to lead Bucks over Rockets

Giannis Antetokounmpo dismisses MVP talk: 'I don't know if I'm there yet'

"I was like 'oh my bad.' I told him obviously, when we were running down the floor", Antetokounmpo told reporters. "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".

The Rockets went scoreless over a four-minute stretch that started in the third and extended to the fourth.

Harden, however, then missed his next four shots.

Harden, whose league-leading scoring average is up to 33.9 points per game after his franchise-record-tying 12th 40-point performance of the season, acknowledged that Antetokounmpo has earned his way into the discussion about who is the best player in the league.

John Collins scored 30 points and grabbed 18 boards for the Hawks in a 116-100 loss to the Nets. Much of the third-quarter comeback was spearheaded by Malcolm Brogdon and Eric Bledsoe, and even on a cold night from Khris Middleton, it's clear Milwaukee is far from a one man show. Eric Gordon missed his fifth straight game with a bruised right knee. Harden fell slowly to the court after he was hit but got up quickly and seemed to be OK.

Antetokounmpo was apologetic during his postgame media availability, saying he had no intention of hitting Harden. "It was an accident, but I'm so happy it bounced back to me". "I think the ball somehow came back into his hands. wish I would have seen it". The degree to which Houston relies on Harden will likely generate a slew of eye-popping scoring nights in the second half, and perhaps some more MVP moments like his game-winning three in Houston's 135-134 win over Golden State on January 3.

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