Giannis Antetokounmpo defeated James Harden more than once in Wednesday's showdown.
The Bucks star absolutely drilled the Rockets star with a pitch similar to that of a fourth-quarter dodgeball while she was trying to move on to Malcolm Brogdon.
What's even more impressive is that the ball bounced off Harden and came back on Antetokounmpo, who immediately hit Ersan Ilyasova for an open 3-pointer.
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"No, I did not see it coming," Harden said after the match with a smile. "It hurts, I did not even know what had happened."
Antetokounmpo is excused when publishing his article in the post-match media, claiming that he had no intention of hitting Harden.
Giannis Antetokounmpo told James Harden "my hurt" just after his fastball at 100 mph disturbed Beard: "It was so difficult, for example, the ball must be able to bounce from one side to the other. "Other ground, that's how you know how difficult it was, it was an accident, of course." pic.twitter.com/x64CC6qSlW
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"I was like, 'Oh, my hurt,'" said Antetokounmpo. "I told him, obviously when we were walking on the floor," My hurt. "I did not want to hit him in the head, I was trying to hit the guy in the corner … that was pretty hard. "
Milwaukee suffered a 116-109 loss to Houston, breaking the Rockets' 10-game home winning streak despite a hardback performance of 42 points and 11 rebounds.
Antetokounmpo finished with 27 points and 21 rebounds for the Bucks.