Bucks MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo makes history in yet another dominant performance in a one-sided victory against the Warriors.
Thursday night action in the NBA had a potential 2022 Finals preview, as the Milwaukee Bucks hosted the Golden State Warriors. After blowing away the top contenders from the East – the Brooklyn Nets last week, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Co decided to put up a show against one of the best teams in the league.
The Warriors with Klay Thompson in the starting lineup for 3 straight games visited the Fiserv Forum with an intention to win after their big loss to Grizzlies on Tuesday. Although the Bucks were coming off from a two-game dismantling in Charlotte, they weren’t giving up this game to make it 0-3.
Giannis strengthened his case for this season’s MVP, while Stephen Curry’s shooting slump continued. The Greek Freak with a triple-double helped stuff his 25-10-5 record, which will make him the only player in history to do so in four seasons. Oscar Robertson did it thrice.
The 2-time MVP’s triple-double under 30 minutes was also one of its kind and hasn’t happened since the 70s.
Giannis Antetokounmpo achieves a rare feat while thrashing Warriors
2021 Finals MVP’s game-highs in points (30), rebounds (12), assists (11), and blocks (3) against the Warriors in just under 30 minutes, made him the first player since the 1973-74 season, to do so.
On Thursday, Giannis Antetokounmpo led both the Bucks and Warriors in:
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) January 14, 2022
Leading both the teams in almost all the stats should put Antetokounmpo on top of every basketball news. But it appears not a bigger deal than Curry’s slump, his fall from the MVP race, or LeBron James’ tremendous personal performances in year 19.
It is pretty unfair to him, but whenever we see a dominant performance by the 5-time All-Star we’re not surprised anymore. It’s just a normal day when Giannis terrorizes an entire team, and an off night when he has a 25-5-5 game. That’s where the 27-year-old has taken his ceiling.
The dominance of the Greek international helped Bucks to a 118-99 victory to move to 27-17 on the season. The victory helps them keep pace with the Eastern Conference’s best, including the Chicago Bulls, Brooklyn Nets, and Miami Heat.