PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN pair Neymar and Kylian Mbappe were courtside as the NBA visited the French capital.
After a decade in London, the word’s best basketball league quit the UK for France this year.
PSG’s superstar pairing were two very notable faces with a front row seat for the game between the Charlotte Hornets and the Milwaukee Bucks.
Basketball icon Michael Jordan, who is now the billionaire owner of the Hornets, was also in the house.
Jordan and Neymar are also closely connected, with Neymar having his own range of clothing and one-off football boots made by Jordan Brand.
The sportswear firmn also sponsors PSG’s third kits.
Thomas Tuchel’s side are currently eight points of Marseille at the top of Ligue 1 and travel to fifth-place Lille on Sunday.
Neymar has 13 goals in 16 matches for PSG this season and red-hot Mbappe 21 in 24.
Bizarelly, British comics Rob Beckett and Romesh Ranganathan were also in the crowd at the AccorHotels Arena.
On the court, many of the arena’s 20,000-strong had come to see reigning NBA Most Valuable Player Giannis Antetokounmpo.
The ‘Greek Freak’ started slowly, however.
Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 30 points and had 16 rebounds as the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Charlotte Hornets 113-106[/caption]
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At half-time the forward had just 11 points as his Bucks – who entered the game with the NBA’s best record – trailed the Hornets.
It didn’t take long for the 25-year-old to take over and wrestle control away from Charlotte.
A series of crowd-pleasing dunks had the French crowd on their feet, chanting ‘MVP’.
But the full-time whistle, Giannis had cruised to 30 points and 16 rebounds as the Bucks won 116-103.
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