Oct 19, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) dribbles against Brooklyn Nets forward Nicolas Claxton (33) in the first half at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Michael McLoone-USA TODAY Sports

Tuesday night’s game between the Milwaukee Bucks and Brooklyn Nets served as the NBA 2020-21 NBA season opener, and it also served as Ring Night for the defending champion Bucks (and the rings are amazing). The Bucks and their fans already had plenty of reason to celebrate with the pregame ceremony, and then Milwaukee walloped the Nets 127-104 in a battle of Eastern Conference heavyweights.

As usual, it was 2021 NBA Finals MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo that led the way for Milwaukee, in pretty unstoppable fashion. Giannis had 32 points (12-of-25 from the field, 7-of-9 at the line), 14 rebounds, and seven assists, leading the Bucks in all three categories.

He also blocked two shots and had TNT play-by-play man Ian Eagle going crazy all night.

Giannis putting together games like this against Brooklyn is a continuing theme for the Nets.

So, in order to get by the Bucks in the Eastern Conference playoffs, the Nets better find a way to slow down Giannis even slightly- or at least shut his teammates down. Khris Middleton chipped in 20 points and nine rebounds, and Pat Connaughton had 20 points off the bench.

This was all with Jrue Holiday only playing 18 minutes — in which he had 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting from the field — before exiting with a heel contusion. It seems he’s fine, which is great news for the Bucks.

It was just one night, and *a lot* can change between now and next June (as the Holiday injury scare shows), but the Bucks certainly looked like a team highly capable of making a run at another NBA title.

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