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I'm not built around stats – Giannis unfazed about double-double streak ending

By Sports Desk December 01, 2019

Giannis Antetokounmpo was unfazed about seeing his double-double streak come to an end during the Milwaukee Bucks' 137-96 win over the Charlotte Hornets.

Antetokounmpo had 26 points and nine rebounds in 20 minutes in the victory on Saturday, falling just short of a 20th consecutive double-double.

But the reigning NBA MVP said he was focused on winning, with the Eastern Conference-leading Bucks improving to 17-3 after an 11th straight victory.

"It doesn't really matter. That's not how I'm built. I'm not built around stats," Antetokounmpo told a news conference.

"I think the record can talk for itself. Out of 20 games, we win 17. We can always get better … I'm just here to win."

The Bucks led 66-49 at half-time against the Hornets before also outscoring Charlotte in the third and fourth quarters.

It meant the likes of Khris Middleton (15), Dragan Bender (12), Ersan Ilyasova (11), D.J. Wilson (11) and George Hill (10) contributed off the bench, combining for 59 points.

"Obviously the game plan and the offense that we have, it makes it easy to move the ball and everybody touches the ball, everybody scores the ball," Antetokounmpo said.

"It was just good that we had a lead and we came out in the third quarter and extended that lead and we gave a chance to guys like Dragan, Fran, D.J..

"They came in, they played, they were knocking down shots, they were having fun, so I think as a team we got better."

The Bucks will face the struggling New York Knicks at Fiserv Forum on Monday.

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