Giannis Antetokounmpo thanked Bucks fans for voicing their support of his right to be named NBA MVP but would be not drawn into a discussion on whether he was more deserving than James Harden.
The Rockets, with the reigning MVP Harden among their number, were beaten, 108-94, at Fiserv Forum on Tuesday, Antetokounmpo contributing 19 points to the Bucks’ cause.
Both he and Harden (23 points) were relatively quiet, but late in the game Bucks fans loudly chanted “M-V-P!” for their man.
“I noticed that, I heard it, having the greatest fans in the NBA is awesome,” Antetokounmpo told reporters. “I really appreciate the fans supporting me and the team and nights like this we try to deliver with a win.
“But as I said in the past, I don’t want to think about it, I just come here try to do my job and try to win games.”
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And Antetokounmpo paid tribute to the defensive effort of teammates Eric Bledsoe and Brook Lopez for keeping Harden to 9-of-26 shooting, including 1-of-9 on 3-point tries.
“Both of the guys, Bleds and Brook, did a great job,” he said. “That was our game plan, trying to [put] as many bodies on James Harden, we were able to do it the whole night and make him have a not so good night for himself. It benefited the team.”