Next LeBron James: Antetokounmpo versatile in blowout win over Cavs

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Giannis Antetokounmpo (Photo courtesy: Twitter/@Giannis_An34)

Giannis Antetokounmpo showed on Tuesday night that he can match LeBron James in the Milwaukee Bucks’ blowout 118-101 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers. The “Next LeBron James” tag on the Greek forward is in order after a great performance on Tuesday.

The “Greek Freak” exploded for a season-high 34 points, completed a double-double with 12 rebounds and added 5 assists, 5 steals and 2 blocks to show he can produce LeBron-like numbers in a win.

LeBron and the Cavs appeared in control early in the game. Cleveland built a double-digit lead but the Bucks went on a 10-0 run to end the first quarter. Milwaukee then outscored Cleveland, 28-22 in the second to take the halftime lead.

Bucks surging lately; Antetokounmpo explodes

An inspired Bucks squad once again came to play in the third. They outscored the Cavs, 34-20 and opened up the game to an unlikely blowout.

James scored 22 points on 8-of-16 shooting but Kyrie Irving (5-of-12, 20 points) and Kevin Love (3-of-10, 13 points) but struggled from the field.

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The Bucks shot 48-of-86 from the field for 53.5% and they also outrebounded Cleveland, 43-35. Jabari Parker added 18 points and 2 steals.

This is the third time Antetokounmpo scored 30 points or more this season. The previous 30-point explosions came in losses to the Golden State Warriors and Charlotte Hornets.

Watch Antetokounmpo explode to the basket here:

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Bucks bench comes up big

Milwaukee’s bench came up big in this one. Three reserves scored in double-figures. Michael Beasley had 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting while Greg Monroe had 14 points, 6 rebounds and 2 steals.

With the big upset, the Bucks moved to 8-8 for the season. After a three game losing streak, Milwaukee has now won three of the last four games.

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Meanwhile, the Cavaliers’ four-game winning streak was snapped. They will face West powerhouse team Los Angeles Clippers in their next game with Chris Paul and company off a disappointing collapse versus the Brooklyn Nets also on Tuesday.

Watch Bucks vs. Cavs highlights here:

Video Courtesy: YouTube/Ximo Pierto

The “Next LeBron James” showed the Cavaliers superstar Monday night that he is not the only versatile player in the league.

Photo courtesy: Twitter/@Giannis_An34

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