Giannis laments FT miss, but 'you learn from it'

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Tim BontempsESPN

BOSTON — Giannis Antetokounmpo had 18 points in the fourth quarter of Wednesday night’s season opener between his Milwaukee Bucks and the Boston Celtics at TD Garden.

But for the NBA’s two-time reigning MVP, all he was thinking about after the game was the point he didn’t score, as his missed free throw with 0.4 seconds remaining was the difference in Boston’s thrilling 122-121 victory.

“I’m upset about it,” Antetokounmpo said after finishing with 35 points and 13 rebounds in 36 minutes, in his first game since signing a five-year supermax contract with Milwaukee earlier this month. “But you can’t change it. So it’s done.

“Hopefully when I’m in the same position, I can make the next one. That’s the mentality you’ve got to have. But obviously there’s a little bit of a weight on your shoulders [in those situations] because, if you miss, that’s it for your team.

“I’m a winner, and I want to do whatever it takes for my team to win. But, you know, you learn from every situation that basketball puts you in.”

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