Giannis Antetokounmpo Claims Kevin Durant Is the ‘Best Player in the World’ After Historic 49-Point Performance

Published 06/16/2021, 1:37 AM EDT
Jun 15, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets power forward Kevin Durant (7) reacts after being fouled late during the fourth quarter of game five of the second round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs against the Milwaukee Bucks at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports


The Milwaukee Bucks faced off against the Brooklyn Nets in game 6 of their second round series tonight. With two wins in a row, the Bucks hoped to carry on their electrifying form against the short-handed Nets led by Kevin Durant.

The Bucks certainly came out, all guns blazing. Taking a 14-point lead in the first quarter, Giannis and Co. were in poll position to run away with the game. While the Nets did have a decent second quarter, the Bucks somehow increased their lead to 16 points at the end of the second quarter.

Just when the Bucks looked like they were about to take a 3-2 lead in the series, Nets’ superstar Kevin Durant clapped back. Scoring an insane 31 points in the second half, the Bucks simply had no answer for the Slim Reaper and the Nets who stole game 5 with a 114-108 win.

Giannis Antetokounmpo has high praise for Brooklyn Nets’ Kevin Durant

The Bucks certainly looked unstoppable at one point of time as talisman Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 34 points along with 12 rebounds and 4 assists. But his efforts in the defensive end were certainly scarce.

Not guarding Durant, the Greek Freak received a lot of flack for not containing the ‘Slim Reaper‘ who certainly ripped the Bucks with his 49 point triple double. The 2-time MVP certainly was impressed with the Nets’ superstar’s performance. “He’s the best, he’s the best player in the world right now.”

Giannis also commented on how the Bucks plan to contain Durant in the upcoming game. “We gotta beat him as a team, we gotta guard him as a team, we gotta make him make tough shots like tonight and we just gotta keep doing our job and hopefully like he hopefully is going to miss”

The Bucks will certainly see this loss as a pretty big missed opportunity. Although the Nets did have James Harden and Kevin Durant on the floor, ‘the Beard’ looked like a shell of himself in this game thus increasing the load in Durant.

With the Nets getting back in health and players like Jeff Green starting to hit top form, the Bucks certainly are in trouble. Coach Budenholzer will certainly have to figure out a way to stop KD.

If the Bucks do succeed in limiting the ‘Easy Money Sniper’ we might be see the Bucks give the Nets a run for their money. Can Giannis inspire a Bucks comeback or will Durant and Co. prove too much to handle for Milwaukee?

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Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.

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