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Giannis Antetokounmpo: “I don’t affect the game by scoring”

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 33 points in 30 minutes of play as he led the Bucks past the Bulls in Game 5 to close out the first round series 4-1.

The two-time NBA MVP talked about how he affects the game and how he is not focused on just scoring like he used to be in the past.

“I don’t affect the game by scoring points. That’s not who I am. I affect the game by playing hard, trying to block a shot, playing defense, creating for my teammates, trying to get to the paint, rebound the ball, lead them you know, be vocal,” Antetokounmpo said.

“Sometimes I got to score the ball. In my head I don’t think about like ‘Hey Khris [Middleton] is down, I got to score.’ It’s kind of the opposite, I’m like ‘Damn, Khris is down now we got to get 30, 40 points from somebody else.’

“You got to move the ball, you got to trust Grayson [Allen], trust Pat [Connaughton], Pat was amazing by the way today, Brook [Lopez], Bobby [Portis], Jrue [Holiday] got to be Jrue, [Jevon Carter], anybody that checks in. You got to trust all of them, everybody got to show up.

“And that comes with maturity. If you aks me five years ago, I’m like ‘Yeah, maybe I’ll try to score 50.’ But it’s not five years ago.”

Milwaukee will face Boston in the second round. The Celtics swept the Nets in the first round series.

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