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Giannis Antetokounmpo and Anthony Davis and are the second- and third-leading scorers in the NBA, respectively, and they were together on opposing sides Sunday in Milwaukee.
The fact the Pelicans recorded a hard-fought 123-121 overtime victory was the conclusion, but watching the two aforementioned young superstars gallop up and down the floor at the BMO Harris Bradley Center was the show the crowd showed up to see.
Davis, third in the league in scoring (27.7), posted 27 points and added 13 boards, one assist and two blocks in 43 minutes.
Antetokounmpo, the NBA’s No. 2 scorer (27.8) finished with 20 points, four rebounds, six steals and two steals in 39 minutes.
While New Orleans’ Jrue Holiday tried to (and probably did) steal the show, scoring 28 of his game-high 36 points after halftime, also adding nine rebounds and six assists in 41 minutes, even Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry admitted after the game all eyes were on Davis and Antetokounmpo.
“Both of them are long guys, athletic guys for their size and both of them are really good competitors,” he said. “They play a brand of basketball that I think the NBA is trending to, with big guys that can do a lot of stuff, such as Karl-Anthony Towns.
“I think it’s fun to watch those guys play, because it’s amazing that at that size, they can do some of the things they can do.”