Giannis Antetokounmpo Downplays MVP Praise After Win Against Houston

Giannis Antetokounmpo of Milwaukee Bucks brushes off MVP talk -- 'I don't know if I'm there yet'

Giannis Antetokounmpo of Milwaukee Bucks brushes off MVP talk -- 'I don't know if I'm there yet'

While pulling it out by the skin of their teeth down the stretch, the Milwaukee Bucks' impressive victory over the Houston Rockets Wednesday night made waves for all the right reasons.

GIFs are common in these sporting moments and one person posted one of Simpsons character Nelson Muntz saying his catchphrase 'Ha-ha!'.

Harden, whose league-leading scoring average is up to 33.9 points per game after his franchise-record-tying 12th 40-point performance of the season, acknowledged that Antetokounmpo has earned his way into the discussion about who is the best player in the league.

James Harden had 42 points and 11 boards for Houston.

Antetokounmpo, meanwhile, set a new career-high with his 21 rebounds.

If Antetokounmpo needs a campaign manager, Milwaukee big man Brook Lopez seems up to the task.

For what it's worth, Ben DuBose of Locked on Rockets showed Paul getting some on-court work in prior to the team's game against the Denver Nuggets just one day before the latest update. But Harden missed his final four shots, including a pair of potential tying 3-pointers on the possession following his floater.

"I was like, 'Oh, my bad, '" Antetokounmpo said. "I don't know if I'm there yet, but I'm going to do whatever it takes to get there, because that's what I want to be".

The Rockets opened a 60-54 halftime lead, but a dominant third quarter from Milwaukee proved to be the difference.

Bucks: D.J. Wilson missed his second straight game with a bruised hip.

"It was insane because it was so hard for the ball to be able to bounce from one side of the floor to the other side of the floor that's how you know how hard the pass was", he said.

Harden said he never saw it coming. "That s- hurt. I didn't even know what happened".