Giannis Antetokounmpo's double-double led the Milwaukee Bucks past the Los Angeles Lakers 111-104 and to the NBA's best record.
All eyes were on Milwaukee for Thursday's highly anticipated showdown as Eastern Conference leaders the Bucks and the Western Conference-leading Lakers shared 24-4 records.
The blockbuster encounter also pitted reigning MVP Antetokounmpo against Lakers superstar LeBron James.
And the Bucks secured the league's best record thanks to Antetokounmpo, and his 34 points and 11 rebounds.
Antetokounmpo also had a career-high five three-pointers for the Bucks, who used a 42-29 second quarter to move clear of the Lakers.
James finished with a triple-double of 21 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists but it was not enough for the visiting Lakers.
Lakers team-mate Anthony Davis put up 36 points and 10 rebounds after returning from a one-game absence due to an ankle injury.
Antetokounmpo praised the Bucks' team effort for setting up the win -- but played down the significance of the result.
“It wasn't a special game,” Antetokounmpo told reporters. “It's great that we're the No.1 team in the NBA right now, but we might end up playing them at the end of the season. No-one's going to remember this regular season game then.”
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