Giannis Antetokounmpo makes surprising Luka Doncic claims after Bucks beat Mavericks

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Antetokounmpo recorded a double-double after scoring 29 points and 17 rebounds as the Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Dallas Mavericks 122-107 on Friday night.

The Bucks 24-year-old superstar was happy with his team’s performance despite struggling from the behind the arc, but he saved special praise for Doncic.

“He is an amazing player,” Antetokounmpo said.

“He can find his team-mates, he can create zone shots.

“High IQ player, I am not surprised at all.”

Doncic, who is in his rookie season in the , led Dallas on the night with 20 points, three rebounds and two assists.

Antetokounmpo insists he knew the 19-year-old Slovenian was a “special” player, from the moment he first saw him play against his brother two years ago.

“He’s a big part of this team,” he said.

“The sky is the limit for him.

“He is going to keep getting better and you are going to hear about Luka Doncic in the future a lot.”

But Antetokounmpo wasn’t impressed with how the Bucks defended the arc in Texas.

The Mavs tied a team record for made three-pointers, as they converted 22 of their 53 attempts.

Milwaukee on the other hand only made 10 of 36 from three point range.

“If we did a better job on the three point line we probably, you know, win the game way earlier,” Antetokounmpo said.

But ultimately the Bucks secured a convincing win at the American Airlines Center.

“We kept our composure and stuck to the game plan an that is why we could keep our lead,” he added.

“We have great point guards and great players on the team that, so no matter what is going on they are still focused on the game.

“We were able to go to our spots, find our open team-mates and knock down shots.”

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