Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo cruises to one of the easiest 50-point performances you'll ever see

MILWAUKEE — Entering this season, Giannis Antetokounmpo, for all his radiance, had simply 3 50-point video games to his name. He now has 2 in the last month. In yet another outrageous efficiency, Antetokounmpo ended up with 50 points, 13 rebounds and 4 helps on 20-of-26 from the field in the Milwaukee Bucks’ 135-110 triumph over the New Orleans Pelicans. 

“Guy had a hell of a night, made it look easy all night long,” Khris Middleton stated. “Playing efficient, playing dominant, he’s playing unstoppable, playing like the MVP again. We need that from him every night, and he knows that.”

With this efficiency, Antetokounmpo ended up being the 6th gamer in NBA history to have several 50-point video games on a minimum of 75 percent shooting from the field. The others are Wilt Chamberlain, Michael Jordan, Karl Malone, Kyrie Irving and Adrian Dantley; not a bad list to sign up with. 

Facing a Pelicans group that was seriously shorthanded due to a variety of injuries, Antetokounmpo chose to set the tone early. He had 9 points in the very first 3 minutes and 52 seconds, as the Bucks leapt out to an early 14-2 lead. Neither he nor the group ever recalled. 

“I was just trying to be aggressive,” Antetokounmpo stated. “Trying to get downhill, trying to get to my spots, trying to work on myself, trying to get back in rhythm, just making plays. This is my fourth game back, just trying to get back in rhythm as I said, tried to make plays and sometimes it works out in your favor. This was one of those times that it worked out in my favor.”

The Bucks led wire-to-wire, and were up by double-digits for the whole 2nd half. Despite the huge lead versus the Pelicans’ B group, Antetokounmpo remained in down the stretch. He wasn’t simply in there to get some additional cardio either; he understood precisely what he was doing as he gathered the points in trash time. 

He scored 12 points in a two-minute period, consisting of back-to-back 3-pointers to reach 50 points. 

“Yeah, I’m not gonna lie. I knew [I was on 47 points], Antetokounmpo said. “I made the very first 3 and I understood that if I’m able to get the rebound I’m simply gonna shoot it. As I stated, it does not constantly exercise in your favor, however tonight it did… It’s among those minutes that you can never ever consider approved, since you never ever understand if you’re gonna have that minute once again. I’m delighted, grateful that I had the ability to develop art like this one tonight.”

After this trip, Antetokounmpo has 2 50 point video games this month, 10 40-point video games this season — currently connected for the most 40-point video games in a single season in his profession — and is balancing a career-high 31.7 points per video game. He may not be taking nights like these for approved, however it feels safe to state we’ll be seeing a minimum of a couple of more prior to the season ends. 

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