Giannis Antetokounmpo slowly and surely became the dominant force everyone expected, and now there is no stopping him

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  • Giannis Antetokounmpo had 34 points, 11 rebounds, and 7 assists on Thursday to beat LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and the Los Angeles Lakers in a high-profile game.
  • Most impressively, Antetokounmpo hit 5-of-8 three-pointers, showing the missing element in his game is now a weapon to be feared.
  • Antetokounmpo has become the complete player the NBA world has been hoping for, and through one-third of the season, he looks like the MVP favorite and perhaps best player in the world.
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Some in the NBA world saw Giannis Antetokounmpo’s performance in a 111-104 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday as a passing-of-the-torch moment.

Facing LeBron James (and Anthony Davis), Antetokounmpo dropped 34 points on 11-of-19 shooting, 11 rebounds, and 7 assists to help the Milwaukee Bucks, the best team in the Eastern Conference, beat the best team in the West.

The final stat line doesn’t show it, but the Lakers did a commendable job containing Antetokounmpo. They crowded him in the back-court and collapsed on him when he got in the paint, forcing him to make his way through tangles of arms and bodies. Antetokounmpo was 5-for-10 on shots in the paint. He shoots 66.8% in the paint this season, per Second Spectrum.

So, what did Antetokounmpo do to counter? He drained 5-of-8 three-point attempts on the night, often taking advantage of a Lakers defense that was granting him space.

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