Using his performance in Indianapolis as fuel, Antetokounmpo exploded for 44 points, tying his career high, to lift the Milwaukee Bucks beyond the Cleveland Cavaliers.

“I think he’s a rival — he would like to be great,” trainer Mike Budenholzer said after the 114-102 success . “Any time he doesn’t meet the standards and expectations he sets for himselfthe following game he is going to turn out with a very aggressive mindset.”

Antetokounmpo had 8 assists, 14 rebounds and two blocks, notching his 20th doubledouble of this growing season.

Against the Pacers, Antetokounmpo scored only 12 points on a season-low seven shot attempts. He sat alone for nearly 20 minutes, icing his feet and knees and staring at his phone, representing on the game.

On Thursday afternoonhe slunk from training in Indianapolis and closed himself away to watch film.

He turned up at Quicken Loans Arena Friday night to acquire in a protracted pregame workout. He had been the primary player off and also the man in a Bucks uniform out on the court after the half time break.

Against Cleveland, Antetokounmpo had been looking out of the get go, scoring his first points off a dunk. Together with Khris Middleton (finger) and also Malcolm Brogdon (hamstring soreness) out of Milwaukee’s lineup, Antetokounmpo played 38 seconds.

When Antetokounmpo rested in the next quarter, the Cavaliers had the ability to move on a 10-0 run to slice the Bucks’ once-commanding cause seven points.

“It’s a game I had to put before,” Antetokounmpo said of Wednesday’s showing. “Now was a great win for us. We have to keep building, keep improving .”

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