The Milwaukee Bucks whipped the Detroit Pistons to an unassailable 4-0 lead in the best-of-seven play-off series and set up an Eastern Conference semi-final against the Boston Celtics.
The Bucks advanced in the post-season for the first time since 2000-01 with Monday’s 127-104 win and Antetokounmpo scored a career playoff-high 41 points to lift the Bucks a 127-104 sweep-sealing win over the Detroit Pistons on Monday night.
“This means a lot,” he said softly.
“From where we were and where we are right now, it’s been an unbelievable journey,” Antetokounmpo said. “The organization has done a great job of just pushing in another direction.”
Antetokounmpo has had a lot to do with that, smashing expectations for the No. 15 pick overall in 2013.
In games and practices, he has impressed his teammates with spectacular plays and even they were shaking their head in disbelief after his latest highlight.
“It’s crazy to be able to witness each one of these, it seems like each and every game,” Bucks center Brook Lopez said.
The latest one, though, wasn’t a play any of his teammates could recall seeing before.
Antetokounmpo leaped in the middle of the lane, trying to dunk on Andre Drummond with his right hand.
He was met by Detroit’s 6-foot-11, 279-pound center in the air and got fouled, getting bumped off his path in the paint.
Elsewhere, while The Houston Rockets lost 107-91 to the Utah Jazz in the Western Conference but lead their series 3-1.
Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer revealed it was important his side “take a second to enjoy” their progress after failing to make it past the first round in eight previous attempts.
“It’s a good night for Milwaukee. It’s a good night for the Bucks,” he added.
The Bucks swept a seven-game series for the first time since 1983, when they did it in the conference semifinals against Boston.
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By Olukayode Oniwinde