The Utah Jazz entered Monday’s game with the best defense in the NBA, a tough team to score against even without two-time Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert (sprained left ankle).
Giannis Antetokounmpo dropped 50 on them anyway.
That led the Bucks to a 122-118 win against an outstanding Jazz team led by Bojan Bogdanovic‘s 24 points and four bench players scoring in double figures.
Antetokounmpo shot 17-of-31, including 3-of-8 from three, and most impressively hit 12-of-16 shot attempts at the rim against the Gobert-less Jazz.
While LeBron James, James Harden, and even Luka Doncic have been getting some early MVP love from fans and some media, do not forget about Antetokounmpo. He won the award last season and came back with even more wrinkles and an improved game.