76ers’ Dwight Howard Reveals He Wanted to “Stone Cold Stunnner” Giannis Antetokounmpo During Their Game

Published 03/18/2021, 12:34 AM EDT
Dec 25, 2020; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) brings the ball up court against the Golden State Warriors during a NBA game at the Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Nick Monroe/Handout Photo-USA TODAY Sports


The Milwaukee Bucks are on an amazing run right now. Tonight was their 10th win in 11 games, as they overcame the Philadelphia 76ers in an overtime thriller. Giannis Antetokounmpo was clutching for the Bucks in OT, and he led them to the win.

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With less than 1:20 left to go in overtime, Giannis drove in but stepped back and took a pull-up shot. Dwight Howard, who was guarding him, was caught off-guard with the step back, and could only watch as the ball sunk into the net. That was the dagger that sealed the game for the Bucks.

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If the 76ers weren’t already annoyed by then, Giannis taunted them and took a seat on the court. During the post-game interview, 76ers veteran Dwight Howard expressed his frustration regarding that taunt. In fact, he wanted to change sports for a second. When asked if the incident bothered him, Howard replied, “Yeah, I wanted to Stone Cold Stunner him, but I already had one tech.”

While Howard may have been joking, Giannis would definitely not want to be on the wrong end of a stunner.

Giannis Antetokounmpo in the race for his third consecutive MVP

Early into the season, the Bucks and Giannis had a slow start. The Greek Freak found some form later, but the team was still inconsistent. They went on a five-game winning streak, and it looked like they were back on track. But they lost Jrue Holiday to injury, which killed their momentum, leading to a five-game losing streak.

Jan 15, 2021; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) celebrates with guard Jrue Holiday (21) against the Dallas Mavericks at the Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Nick Monroe/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports

But Giannis helped them to turn it around, and they were back to winning ways. He has been in fine form lately and is now averaging 29.1 points, 11.8 rebounds, and 6.2 assists per game this season. Those are ridiculous numbers, which might be enough for him to win MVP for the third time.

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The biggest challenge for his MVP crown will be from Joel Embiid. Both of them have been dominant this season, and ultimately, it will be a battle of who can seal the number one seed. After tonight’s win over the 76ers, the Bucks are only 1.5 games away from the top spot. If they continue this form, they are likely to return to the top once again.

Jan 4, 2021; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) reacts after scoring against the Detroit Pistons at the Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Nick Monroe/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, and Larry Bird are the only players to win three consecutive MVPs. Giannis could join them if he helps the Bucks succeed in the regular season once again.

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Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.

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