Giannis Antetokounmpo drops fifty 4 as Bucks get back from 21 down

MILWAUKEE — Giannis Antetokounmpo celebrated his most well-known 50-level efficiency by ordering 50 rooster nuggets at a Chick-fil-A drive-by way of the following day.

He already has an idea strategies to commemorate reaching that plateau for the third time beforehand month.

Antetokounmpo scored 20 of his fifty 4 factors inside the fourth quarter and the Milwaukee Bucks overcame a 21-level deficit to beat the l. a. Clippers 106-a hundred and five on Thursday night for his or her sixth consecutive victory.

“Tomorrow i really feel i am going to go to Culver’s,” said Antetokounmpo, who additionally had 18 rebounds. “i am going to go get 50 cheeseburgers and test out to eat as many as I can. the relaxation, i am going to have my son eat them or I give them to my canine.”

The Greek star has scored at the very least 50 factors in three of his previous eleven video games. He had a profession-extreme fifty five on Jan. three in a 123-113 victory over Washington and scored 50 in solely half-hour Sunday in a one hundred thirty five-a hundred and ten conquer New Orleans.

Antetokounmpo now has reached the half-century mark in six profession common-season video games. that would not embrace his 50-level outburst in opposition to the Phoenix Suns in recreation 6 of the 2021 NBA Finals, which gave the Bucks their first title since 1971 and led to his journey to Chick-fil-A.

He joins Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as a outcome of the one gamers in Bucks historic previous to have at the very least three 50-level video games in a season.

“it is an unbelievable praise to be up there with Kareem,” Antetokounmpo said. “Man, I by no means thought i used to be going to understand 50 inside the NBA after I bought drafted. it is an insane, loopy journey.”

Over his previous six video games, Antetokounmpo has averaged forty.2 factors and 14.5 rebounds. His two free throws with 1:forty seven remaining put Milwaukee forward 106-a hundred and five for its first lead as a outcome of the second quarter as a outcome of the Bucks scored the final seven factors of the sport.

Antetokounmpo squandered a menace to place Milwaukee in entrance when he missed two free throws in a a hundred and five-104 recreation with 2:thirteen left. however he drove to the basket as quickly as extra on the Bucks’ subsequent possession, drew Ivica Zubac‘s sixth foul and hit his free throws this time round.

“he is relentless,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said. “he’ll put himself in place to assist us win. no matter it takes for us to win, he’ll do it. he is fearless and relentless. that is what you noticed taking place the stretch.”

The Clippers did not capitalize on a pair of Milwaukee turnovers inside the closing seconds. Kawhi Leonard missed an 18-footer inside the final second whereas being guarded by Wesley Matthews with assist from Pat Connaughton.

“I even have been doing that since my mom advised me I’ve bought to shield the very biggest participant after i used to be 4 years previous,” Matthews said. “that is simply who i am. Nothing however respect for these guys. I really feel like these guys have that very identical [respect] in the direction of me. truly one of the biggest methods to pay them respect is to try to cease them. truly one of the biggest methods they will pay me respect is to go after me.”

The Clippers had an unbelievable deal of probabilities to tug again forward.

Paul George stole the ball from Jrue journey and the Clippers referred to as a timeout with 27.1 seconds left in a one-level recreation, however Leonard missed a jumper. Antetokounmpo bought the rebound however threw the ball out of bounds, giving la possession with 15.1 seconds to go.

The Clippers as quickly as extra bought the ball to Leonard, who missed as quickly as extra.

“We needed to run it to Connaughton, however they switched the matchup,” Clippers coach Tyronn Lue said. “They launched Matthews into it. He did a great job of climbing into Kawhi, making him uncomfortable and making him again up a little bit of bit so he may not get proper downhill.”

Norman Powell scored 26 factors to steer the Clippers. Leonard had 17 factors, eleven rebounds and 5 assists however shot 7-of-26. Marcus Morris and George had sixteen factors every. Zubac had 12 factors and thirteen rebounds.

Khris Middleton had sixteen factors and journey added 12 for the Bucks. journey missed his first eight pictures and did not get his first basket till late inside the third quarter.

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