Giannis Antetokounmpo leads Bucks to dominant win over Warriors, ties Michael Jordan with 28 triple-doubles


MILWAUKEE – As seconds ticked by in the second quarter on Thursday night, Giannis Antetokounmpo grabbed a rebound under his own basket, turned around and started to climb the floor the other way around. After a few long strides, he shot the ball past Bobby Portis, who buried a 3 point buzzer. The Fiserv Forum erupted, Portis and Giannis erupted a shimmy – “takes it back to the ’90s,” Khris Middleton joked – and the Milwaukee Bucks took a 77-38 lead in the break.

It was a quintessential Giannis moment. The Bucks were already well placed, and no one would fault him for letting time slip by or starting a half-broker without enthusiasm. But instead of being satisfied, he pushed himself and his teammates to do more and was rewarded for his efforts.

“That kind of game. I think it’s the right game, it’s competing for every second, it’s competing for every opportunity,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said. “I think he’s just trying to get everything he can out of the game. That’s how he plays, that’s what we need.”

The 39-point margin Giannis helped create was the Golden State Warriors’ biggest halftime deficit since the franchise moved to California in 1963. Likewise, it was the second-biggest halftime lead in Bucks franchise history. On nights like this, the half-time buzzer might just as well be the last. In a relaxed and forgetful second half, the Bucks claimed a 118-99 victory.

In another top-notch effort, Giannis finished with 30 points, 12 rebounds, 11 assists and three blocks on 11 of 17 on the field. It was his third triple-double of the season and the 28th of his career, placing him 18th in Michael Jordan’s all-time list. Even more impressive, he led both teams in points, goals, assists and blocks; no one had achieved this feat in less than 30 minutes since 1974. You could go on and on with fun and obscure stats like those in this game, but you don’t really need them anymore to figure out what it was all about. another dominant performance from Giannis.

Since the timeline moved to 2022, Giannis operates on a different level, even for himself. He scores 32.7 points, 11.7 rebounds and eight assists per game, while shooting 59.5 percent from the field. It was all on display against the Warriors: his unstoppable rim workouts, his game – particularly impressive lately, just look at his pass to Grayson Allen early in the first quarter – his complete defensive brilliance.

But despite what could reasonably be described as a perfect game, Giannis was not interested in his stats or the results. Instead, he returned once again to some of his favorite topics: defense and building good habits.

“I’m happy, I think we have made some good habits today,” said Giannis. “Defensively, especially. I don’t really pay attention offensively, but defensively we got into some really good habits. We helped each other out, we took on the mission of keeping one of the best players in the league. We did that. together. It wasn’t just [Wesley Matthews], it was not only [Khris Middleton], or whoever. It was all of us together. So it’s a good habit. “

“At the end of the day, we just have to keep developing good habits to move forward,” Giannis continued. “Big games with a lot of excitement, or even games that nobody watches, nobody cares. We have to continue to develop good habits so that we can be good in May and June.”

Giannis par excellence. Never happy, never satisfied; always trying to be better, always thinking of the next challenge.

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