Winning MVP and Defensive Player of the Year in the same season, puts Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo, at the age of 25, in an exclusive club with Michael Jordan and Hakeem Olajuwon. But Giannis' theme for the offseason and next year remains getting better.
LeBron James had 28 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists, Anthony Davis added 34 points and 10 rebounds and the Los Angeles Lakers evened the Western Conference semifinals by beating the Houston Rockets 117-109.
NBA: Bucks reach second round of playoffs after triggering shutdown, Lakers snap playoff win drought
Milwaukee Bucks were scheduled to play Wednesday afternoon, but the team decided not to take the court to show their frustration over the police shooting in Kenosha, Wisconsin, of Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old Black man, along with other acts of racial injustice.
Antetokounmpo received 75 first-place votes from a panel of 100 sportswriters and broadcasters, finishing with 432 points. Anthony Davis was second and Rudy Gobert third.
NBA: LeBron James stars in LA Lakers' win over Portland Trail Blazers, Miami Heat close out Indiana Pacers
In the Eastern Conference first round, Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 31 points and Khris Middleton added 18 of his 21 in the fourth quarter as the Milwaukee Bucks dominated late to down the Orlando Magic 121-106.
Should he win, LeBron James would join Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (a six-time winner), Michael Jordan and Bill Russell as the NBA’s only five-time MVPs
NBA: Giannis Antetokounmpo helps Milwaukee Bucks beat Miami Heat, clinch top seed in Eastern Conference
The Bucks, who won their only NBA title in 1971, could face Miami in the second round of the playoffs with Toronto, Boston, Indiana and Philadelphia threats as well. But Milwaukee's star forward sees the Bucks' main worry as playing to their potential.
Harden, who had 23 points in the first quarter, passed Calvin Murphy to become the second-leading scorer in franchise history behind Hakeem Olajuwon.
The NBA told teams that none of the seeding games will be taken into consideration for any postseason award, and that voting for individual honours will be completed before the 30 July restart of the season.
Coronavirus pandemic: NBA star Karl-Anthony Towns donates $100,000; Michael Jordan sets up fund for Hornets part-timers
Minnesota-based Mayo Clinic said it expects the money from Towns will help increase capacity for coronavirus from 200 tests per day to more than 1,000 per day in the coming weeks.
Coronavirus pandemic: Rudy Gobert joins fellow NBA players in offering relief help, pledges to donate $500,000
Rudy Gobert said in a release, 'I am humbled by the tireless efforts and care of people around the globe for those affected by COVID-19, especially my own communities of Utah and France.'
Despite Monday's defeat, there’s still a chance Milwaukee Bucks could be able to make a case as the most dominant team in league history in one regard — margin of victory.
NBA: Anthony Davis wins All-Star game for Team LeBron with last throw; Kawhi Leonard claims Kobe Bryant MVP award
In the NBA All-Star game LeBron James’ team wore blue jerseys, all with the No. 2 for Gianna Bryant. Giannis Antetokounmpo’s team wore red, every player wearing No. 24 on the back for Kobe Bryant.
NBA: LeBron James' 36 points power Lakers to victory; Nikola Jokic narrowly misses out on triple double as Nuggets win
James added nine assists and seven rebounds, and he hit five of his six 3s in that decisive barrage. Anthony Davis and Kyle Kuzma had 18 points apiece as the Lakers beat San Antonio for the third time this season, sweeping the season series
NBA: Damian Lillard sets Trail Blazers record with 61 points; Kemba Walker powers Celtics to win over Lakers
Kemba Walker scored 20 points to end a career-long personal losing streak against LeBron James, and Jayson Tatum scored 27 to help Boston send the top team in the Western Conference to its biggest loss of the season
NBA: Rookie guard Ja Morant powers Grizzlies to sixth straight win; Kawhi Leonard scores season-high 43 points
Rookie guard Ja Morant missed only one of his 11 shots as the Grizzlies extended their longest winning streak since December 2016
NBA: James Harden, Trae Young score 40-point triple doubles as Rockets beat Hawks; DeMar DeRozan powers Spurs to victory
Young had 42 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists. He and Harden are the first players to post 40-point triple-doubles in the same game, according to the Elias Sports Bureau
NBA: DeMar DeRozan shines as Spurs snap Bucks' winning-streak; De'Aaron Fox, Buddy Hield power Kings to victory
Milwaukee defeated the San Antonio Spurs 127-118 on Saturday at home but could not maintain its early momentum in a rare home-and-home set of back-to-back games
NBA: Mitchell Robinson, Julius Randle power Knicks to win over Trail Blazers; West-leading Lakers ease past Suns
Portland’s Damian Lillard was held to 11 points on 5-for-20 shooting after scoring 30 or more in the previous three games
NBA: Anthony Davis scores 33 points to help Lakers down Heat; James Harden stars in Rockets win over Magic
Anthony Davis scored 33 points, LeBron James had 28 while coming within a rebound of a triple-double and the Los Angeles Lakers held off the Miami Heat 113-110 on Friday night.