Career-high 64 points in the NBA and the pursuit of the ball
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Career-high 64 points in the NBA and the pursuit of the ball

What Giannis Antetokounmpo has done over the past ten years on the other side of the Atlantic and in the magical world of the NBA with the Milwaukee Bucks has often been the occasion for rave headlines, sensational headlines, and all sorts of hymns for the Greek Freak, who more than deserves them.

Yesterday, the Greek star wrote another golden page in his career, while also managing to break many different records. First and foremost, the career record for points, as he scored 64 points in 35 minutes in the Bucks’ win over the Indiana Pacers. He was 20/28 from two-point range and 24/32 from the free throw line, unique two-point percentages that reflect his dominance on the floor. He also had 14 rebounds, 2 assists, 4 steals and 1 block, providing valuable contributions to his team.

This night will forever be etched in Giannis’ memory, as the records were many, many, many more. He now leads the Bucks in scoring in every category. He has the most points in the regular season and playoffs. He also has the most points in both regular season and playoff games.

The “Greek Freak” has three 50+ point games against Indiana (two this year). No other player in NBA history has more than one. In fact, Giannis’ 64 points is a franchise record, taking the lead from Michael Red.

Giannis also became the third player in NBA history behind Malone and Chamberlain to have 60+ points, 10+ rebounds and 70+% shooting in a game. He also became the only player with 60 points this season.

Notably, his 64 points came on 28 attempts in the game. That’s the most points ever scored on less than 30 attempts in a game.

Chasing the ball…

After the game, the “Greek Freak” wanted to take the game ball as a souvenir for his special performance, but the Indiana people took it to the locker room and that made him mad.
An assistant coach of the Indianapolis team took the game ball, a ball that should have ended up in the hands of the star of the night, who every time he gets a “spoils” from a great performance, he signs it and dedicates it to his father who is no longer alive. Antetokounmpo was furious, ran to the locker room and returned a minute or two later to express his displeasure in a strong way to Lloyd Pierce-Tyrese Haliburton.

Later, Pacers coach Rick Carlisle explained that his partner took the ball to give it to rookie Oscar Chiebueh, who scored the first point of his professional career.