Giannis Antetokounmpo nails James Harden with ball

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

Wednesday's battle of MVP favorites lived up to the billing in the Bucks' 116-109 win over the Rockets, with Giannis Antetokounmpo and James Harden putting up stat lines worthy of the game's highest award.

"I don't even know what happened", Harden said.

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

Antetokounmpo scored 27 points, claimed a career-high 21 rebounds and provided five assists at Toyota Center on Wednesday. Clint Capela added 18 points and 13 rebounds, but shot just 4-of-16 from the field.

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

It was just the second 20-plus rebound game of Antetokounmpo's career, with the first coming almost a full year ago, on January 15 of last season.

Luka Doncic made four 3-pointers on his way to a 30-point performance in the Mavericks' 104-94 victory against the Suns.

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"I was like, 'Oh, my bad, '" Antetokounmpo said. "We couldn't get to where we want to go because we couldn't get any stops".

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

The Bucks also got a scoring punch out off the bench from Sterling Brown in the third to the tune of eight points.

The Bucks were down by 7 later in the quarter before using a 17-1 spurt to end the quarter and take a 92-83 lead into the fourth.

Bucks: D.J. Wilson missed his second straight game with a bruised hip. It was insane because it was so hard ... "It was an accident, but I'm so happy it bounced back to me".

After the game, Harden was asked if he saw the pass coming. "It hurt. ... I wish I would have seen it".

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