Giannis Antetokounmpo has stated that he desires to create with such consistency that it generates boredom.
This is the one regard in which the two-time MVP has recently fallen short.
Tuesday night, the Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Washington Wizards 123-113, snapping the Wizards’ five-game winning streak. Antetokounmpo scored a career-high 55 points with a sequence of exciting dunks and drives. In what is perhaps the best run of his career, the dazzling forward also recorded 10 rebounds and seven assists.
Antetokounmpo stated, “I want to reach a point… where my game is boring.” “I simply do what I do, and no one discusses it because it’s so mundane; I do it every single night. This is what I intend to do. I want other players to find my game tedious. But I don’t get bored. The greatest players, the greats, are never bored. On every given night, they always offer their greatest performance.”
Antetokounmpo has scored at least 40 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, and dished out five assists in each of his previous three games. Sunday’s 118-95 loss to the Wizards was missed by the two-time MVP due to a painful left knee.
Giannis Antetokounmpo, who scored 55 points in the Bucks’ 123-113 victory over the Wizards, smashes one home.
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Elgin Baylor in 1961 and 1963, Wilt Chamberlain in 1963, and Russell Westbrook in 2016 are the only other players in NBA history with three consecutive performances of 40 points, 10 rebounds, and five assists. Flynn Robinson in February 1969 and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in February 1972 are the only other Bucks to score at least 40 points in three consecutive contests.
Mike Budenholzer, head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks, remarked, “He’s been playing with this sort of tenacity, just willing us to win.” “We were able to win tonight. He’s really been terrific.”
Brook Lopez, a center for the Bucks, is in his fifth season playing alongside Antetokounmpo. The 7-footer could not recall a span of the regular season in which Antetokounmpo has performed better.
During the Bucks’ triumph, Giannis Antetokounmpo attempts an inverted layup.
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Lopez, who had 21 points and 12 rebounds, remarked, “He’s continuously growing.” “When you wonder where further he can go and how else he can improve, he improves once more. We will need to expand the English language in some way in order to create new terms (to describe him). I’m not sure if I’ve said this before, but I’m certain he will improve once more. Nobody knows what he will do next. He is truly otherworldly.”
Antetokounmpo’s previous career high was 52 points on March 17, 2019, against the Philadelphia 76ers. In November 2006, Michael Redd scored 57 points against the Utah Jazz to set the franchise record for most points scored in a single game.
Bradley Beal of Washington returned after missing three games due to a tight left hamstring, although he only played 13 minutes. Beal scored eight points prior to his inability to play in the second half due to a hamstring injury.
“Same region,” remarked Wes Unseld Jr., coach of the Wizards. “We simply need to assess it.
Kristaps Porzingis scored 22 points and Kyle Kuzma added 20 for the Wizards.
Bobby Portis of Milwaukee had 17 points and 13 rebounds.
Jrue Holiday returned to action following a three-game absence due to a non-COVID sickness and scored six points in 19 minutes of action. Bucks forward Khris Middleton has missed eight consecutive games due to a painful right knee and will also miss Wednesday’s game in Toronto.