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Giannis Antetokounmpo’s wild explanation for the Milwaukee Bucks comeback win over the Dallas Mavericks

Giannis Antetokounmpo had an interesting explanation for the Milwaukee Bucks latest victory over the Dallas Mavericks
Giannis Antetokounmpo

Giannis Antetokounmpo

The Milwaukee Bucks have kicked off the 2022-23 season looking like one of the favorites to win the 2023 NBA Finals. With star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo leading the way, and a deep supporting cast behind him, the Bucks don’t lose often. And even when they do look like they are going to lose, which was the case on Friday night against the Dallas Mavericks, they usually find a way to win anyway.

Giannis thanks the basketball gods for helping the Bucks beat the Mavericks

The Bucks trailed for most of the night against Dallas but ended up stealing the win away from them at the last second on a beautifully designed inbounds play that freed Brook Lopez up for a wide-open layup. The Mavs couldn’t hit a game-winning shot down at the other end of the floor, and Milwaukee escaped with a 106-105 victory.

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While the Bucks certainly did their part in overcoming the deficit they found themselves in for much of the night, the Mavericks helped them out along the way as well. Dallas missed their final six free throws of the night, which was particularly painful considering they only lost by one point. After the game, Antetokounmpo praised the basketball gods for rewarding the Bucks for competing hard throughout the game.

The basketball gods are certainly working against the Mavericks

While the basketball gods appear to be working alongside the Bucks, who have now won seven of their last eight contests, they are conspiring against the Mavericks on the other end. Dallas’ latest loss pushed their record to 13-12 on the season, and even with another strong outing from star guard Luka Doncic (33 PTS, 11 AST, 6 REB, 46.4 FG%), Dallas once again ended up sabotaging themselves.

The missed free throws came courtesy of Dwight Powell, Tim Hardaway Jr., and Dorian Finney-Smith late in the fourth, allowing Milwaukee to sneak back into the game. Had one of these free throws been hit, the game would go to overtime, and who knows what would happen then. But the basketball gods certainly appear to be helping out the Bucks just as much as they appear to be working against the Mavs, and that could help explain their polar opposite starts to the season.

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