Giannis Antetokounmpo believes the Milwaukee Bucks did the right thing by standing pat at the trade deadline.
The reigning league MVP and his teammates kept rolling Thursday night.
Antetokounmpo had 36 points and 20 rebounds in a 112-101 victory over the struggling Philadelphia 76ers.
Milwaukee did not make a move at the deadline, preferring to stick with the team that has put up a league-best 44-7 record and is on pace to become the third team in league history to win 70 games.
"I think a lot of teams are getting players so they can play against us, so they can guard us better," Antetokounmpo said. "But I think we're the best team in the NBA; we have the best record in the NBA.
"For me, I think there should not be any change. Thank God there wasn't. I think the guys we have, the chemistry we have on the team is amazing right now. The guys we have are playing great. These are the guys I've been going to war with all season and I'm happy we have the same team."
Milwaukee's swarming defense stymied the 76ers and their all-star center Joel Embiid.
Philadelphia shot just 37.4% from the field (37 of 99) and Embiid was 6 of 26 while contributing 19 points and 11 rebounds in 33 minutes.
"Tonight I missed a lot of wide-open looks," said Embiid, who was 3 of 10 from 3-point distance. "We came into the game with a plan of shooting a lot of 3s, especially with the way they guard us. I'm proud of my teammates. I felt tonight, compared to the previous games, we competed."
The Bucks won for the 12th time in 13 games, avenging a lopsided Christmas Day loss to the Sixers in Philadelphia. The Sixers closed out an 0-4 road swing that also included losses to Atlanta, Boston and Miami.
Bucks forward Khris Middleton, limited to four points in the first half, finished with 20 points and seven rebounds, and point guard Eric Bledsoe added 14 points, eight rebounds and six assists.
Tobias Harris led Philadelphia (31-21) with 25 points, and Ben Simmons narrowly missed a triple-double with 11 points, 14 rebounds and nine assists.
"I don't think they had much of the rhythm they wanted to," Middleton said. "I think we did a great job playing physical and not fouling."
Antetokounmpo had 30-plus points and 15-plus rebounds for the fifth straight game and the 14th time this season. He became just the fifth player in franchise history to record a 30-20 game and the first since Vin Baker in Feb. 1996.
He also became the first player in the NBA to have five straight 30-15 games since the 1985-86 season.
"It's crazy," Antetokounmpo said. "I'm happy that we're winning and we're playing good. But I can get a lot better. I can be smarter; I can be sharper. I can make better passes on time, make 3-point shots and 2-point shots. That's the mindset I have."
Center Brook Lopez was in early foul trouble for the Bucks, but twin brother Robin filled in with nine points in 20 minutes while effectively guarding Embiid.
Milwaukee, ranked No. 1 in the league in defense, held an opponent to under 40% shooting for the 22nd time this season, a league high.
"The defense stood out to me tonight, both the activity and the length," Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said. "Both teams are long and athletic, but I think we controlled the paint and controlled the boards. If we can get to the 3-point line, maybe we could shut somebody out."
Milwaukee held the Sixers to 30 points in the paint and had a 60-50 rebounding advantage.
Antetokounmpo had 19 points and 10 rebounds in the first half to help the Bucks to a 54-51 lead at intermission.
Embiid was 1 for 10 from the field and had four points, while Harris led the Sixers with 12 points.
The Bucks outscored the Sixers, 32-23, in the third quarter, helped by eight points each from Antetokounmpo and Middleton. Milwaukee led by as many a 17 points in the final quarter.
Antetokounmpo and Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James picked their respective teams for the All-Star Game in Chicago on Feb. 16. Team Giannis includes starters Embiid, Pascal Siakam, Kemba Walker, Trae Young and Antetokounmpo, while Team LeBron has a starting five with James, Anthony Davis, Kawhi Leonard, Luka Doncic and James Harden. Embiid was the Bucks star's opening pick. "I think he's a cool guy, a great guy in the locker room," Antetokounmpo said. Antetokounmpo tabbed Bucks teammate Khris Middleton with his first reserve pick and added Bam Adebayo, Rudy Gobert, Jimmy Butler, Kyle Lowry, Brandon Ingram and Donovan Mitchell.
76ers: Philadelphia acquired Glenn Robinson III and Alec Burks from Golden State in a trade deadline deal on Thursday, a move made to bolster the team's bench. Philadelphia coach Brett Brown was happy with the additions. "In Alec, you get somebody that can make plays all by himself and can get to the rim," Brown said. "And Glenn, kind of the two-way player who can make shots and is growing his defense." The Sixers also traded James Ennis to Orlando for a 2020 second-round pick to clear one roster spot and waived Trey Burke to clear another. … The Sixers have struggled on the road, going 9-19 while putting a 22-2 record together at home. "In general, there is a mental toughness that you need to have on the road," Brown said. "At times, we haven't had it to the volume and intensity that we need."
Bucks: Milwaukee remains on pace to become the third NBA team to win 70 games, which would put the franchise in elite company with the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls (72 wins) and 2015-16 Golden State Warriors (73 wins). Budenholzer has downplayed the 70-victory talk but co-owner Marc Lasry said recently he thinks the Bucks can join that club and win a championship. Asked about it in the pregame session, the Bucks coach said it has not been a topic in the locker room. … The Bucks stood pat at the trade deadline while Eastern Conference contender Miami made a key move to land former Warriors super-sub Andre Iguodala. "I feel really great about our team," Budenholzer said. "We've been even better for the first 50 games than we were last year. The continuity means a lot to us. We've been together for a season and a half, a lot of us. We feel that's an edge we have. Some years you make a trade and some years you don't." … George Hill remains out with a left hamstring injury, missing his fourth straight game on Thursday.
Bangladesh Navy clinched the men’s title and Bangladesh Police lifted the women’s title of the Victory-Day Kabaddi Tournament that concluded at the Shaheed Tajuddin Ahmed Indoor Stadium here on Thursday.
In the men’s final, Bangladesh Navy outplayed Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) by 41-19 points while Bangladesh Police beat Meghna Kabaddi Club by 42-26 points in the women’s final.
Additional DIG (Development) of Bangladesh Police and Joint Secretary of Bangladesh Kabaddi Federation, Gazi Mohammad Mozammel Haque distributed the prizes among the winners. Lawmaker of Cumilla-1 constituency Major General (Retd) Shubid Ali Bhuiyan was also present on the occasion.
Tuhin of Navy was adjudged the best player of the tournament while Arshaduzzaman named as the best player of the final in the men’s group and Hafiza of Police was named as the best player of the tournament and Meyabi Chakma of Meghna Kabaddi Club was adjudged the best player of the final in the women’s group.
Tokyo Olympics organizers on Wednesday said they are increasingly concerned about the disruption the fast-spreading virus in China is causing ahead of the games, which open in just under six months.
Chief Executive Officer Toshiro Muto sounded a grave note speaking at a meeting with officials of the International Paralympic Committee.
"I am seriously worried that the spread of the infectious disease could throw cold water on the momentum toward the games," Muto said, speaking in Japanese. "I hope that it will be stamped out as soon as possible."
Saburo Kawabuchi, the mayor of the Athletes Village where 11,000 Olympians will stay, showed his apprehension.
"I truly hope that the infectious disease will die down somehow so that we will be able to operate the Paralympics and Olympics smoothly," he said. "In the worst case — we will do our utmost for the athletes so that they will be able to concentrate on performing their best."
Tokyo organizers have repeatedly said there are no plans to cancel the Olympics. That position has been repeated by the Switzerland-based International Olympic Committee.
But the problems deepen with each passing day. Some Olympic qualifying events have been cancelled, or relocated. Travel restrictions will add more confusion, and traveling fans are sure to be fearful.
Japan has not reported any deaths from the virus. But deaths in mainland China rose to 490 on Wednesday
"In Japan, we are facing all sorts of problems including coronavirus infections, cyber security and transportation systems," Toshiaki Endo, an organizing committee vice president, said on Tuesday at a news conference.
"The IOC is satisfied with our preparations," he added.
Craig Spence, a spokesman for the Paralympic committee, tried to be reassuring.
"We have full confidence that the relevant authorities, in particular here in Japan and the World Health Organization, will take all the necessary measures to address the situation."
Japanese Prime Minister Shino Abe was asked Monday in the national legislature about the viral outbreak and the impact on the Olympics. He brushed aside worries.
But Yurkio Koike, the government of Tokyo, sounded more concerned in recent comments.
"We must firmly tackle the new coronavirus to contain it, or we are going to regret it," she said.
A legal fight by soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo against a Nevada woman who wants more than the $375,000 she received in a rape case hush-money settlement in 2010 should be decided by an arbitrator, not in a courtroom, a U.S. magistrate judge said Tuesday.
Kathryn Mayorga, a former teacher and model who lives in the Las Vegas area, claims in a lawsuit that Ronaldo or his associates violated the confidential settlement by allowing reports of it to appear in European publications in 2017.
Mayorga met Ronaldo at a nightclub in 2009 and went with him and other people to his hotel suite where she alleges he assaulted her in a bedroom, according to her lawsuit.
Ronaldo, through his lawyers, maintains the sex was consensual.
Mayorga's lawyers say she didn't break the confidentiality agreement. Her lawsuit claims conspiracy, defamation, breach of contract, coercion and fraud. It seeks to void the 2010 deal and collect at least $200,000 more from Ronaldo . Her attorneys have asked for the case to be decided in a courtroom.
The Associated Press generally doesn't name people who say they're victims of sexual assault, but Mayorga gave consent in 2018 to be identified.
The recommendation Tuesday by U.S. Magistrate Judge Daniel Albregts put in writing his verbal ruling in November allowing the settlement to remain under seal and recommending to U.S. District Judge Jennifer Dorsey that it be decided by a mediator.
"The court finds that none of (Mayorga's) arguments to invalidate the arbitration agreement have merit and it will compel all of her claims to arbitration," Albregts wrote. Magistrates handle court filings and pretrial arguments. U.S. district judges handle trials.
Mayorga's lawyers didn't immediately respond to messages about whether they'll appeal Albregts' recommendation.
Ronaldo's attorney, Peter Christiansen, declined to comment.
Ronaldo is one of the richest athletes in the world. He plays in Italy for the Turin-based soccer club Juventus and captains his home country Portugal's national team.
Ronaldo's lawyers maintain that reports about the settlement and payment were based on electronic data illegally hacked, stolen and sold by cyber criminals. They say they believe the documents have been altered and complain that Mayorga's lawsuit damages Ronaldo's reputation.
Mayorga's attorney, Mark Stovall, says Mayorga, then 25, had learning disabilities as a child and lacked the legal capacity to sign a non-disclosure agreement.
Ronaldo's lawyers counter that there is no evidence Mayorga was incapacitated or incapable of understanding what she was signing. They have said in court the existence of the agreement and payment should never have been disclosed publicly.
The Rajshahi Phase of the Bangabandhu National School Hockey Tournament began at the Rajshahi District Stadium on Tuesday.
Nayonshuka RK High School of Chapainawabganj beat Rajshahi Damkura Hat High School by 2-1 goals in the opening match.
Abdul Alim and Hridoy Kumar scored one goal each for the winners while Rizvi netted the lone goal for the losers.
Earlier, Rajshahi City Mayor AHM Khairuzzaman Liton inaugurated the meet in the afternoon.
A total of nine school teams are taking part in the Rajshahi phase of the meet.