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“I was on the floor, I didn’t see exactly what happened, but I saw Khris going out defending me. That’s my big brother,” he added. “It means a lot. I always had his back, but now I have it even more.””Seeing Khris going out there defending me… that’s my big bro. It means a lot. I always had his back, but now I have it even more.” pic.twitter.com/1YuSWLZWZG— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) December 5, 2019Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer felt his team channeled any frustration with Detroit’s roughhousing effectively.”I liked our fire in the second quarter. I liked our fire in general,” Budenholzer said. “I think the guys, they’re in a good place. They’re playing good basketball. So we’ll keep it going.” Tempers threatened to boil over this time, with Antetokounmpo and Griffin’s initial altercation coming after a second-quarter collision.NBA POWER RANKINGS:Bucks, Lakers look like title contenders; Knicks, Warriors sink to bottomIn the third, Milwaukee’s Khris Middleton confronted Griffin after the Pistons star stepped over a prone Antetokounmpo, who was on the floor after being fouled.Giannis didn’t like that Blake Griffin elbow. pic.twitter.com/jt09Hi676i— Dime (@DimeUPROXX) December 5, 2019Not today, Blake 🤚#FearTheDeer pic.twitter.com/VAJGPbZAnb— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) December 5, 2019″There’s going to be a lot of teams that are going to come out and try to be physical with me — try to hit me, knock me down to the floor,” Antetokounmpo told reporters. “I just got to keep my composure. At first, I was trying to … talk back, let them know that this is more than basketball. We can stop playing basketball and we can fight.”At the end of the day, my teammates want me in the game, my teammates want me to keep my head in the game and I was like, ‘whatever.’ At this point, ‘whatever.'”Antetokounmpo was grateful for the intervention from Middleton, who scored 17 points. Giannis Antetokounmpo was ready to “fight” Blake Griffin during the Bucks’ fiery 127-103 victory over the Pistons.Antetokounmpo scored 35 points as the Bucks extended their hot streak to 13 consecutive wins — their best run since a 16-game winning streak spanning the 1972-73 and 1973-74 seasons. Milwaukee also boasts a dominant recent record against Detroit, having won all eight encounters across the regular season and playoffs last season before prevailing in the initial 2019-20 matchup.