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With 55 points in a win for the Bucks, Giannis Antetokounmpo sets a career high

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Giannis Antetokounmpo

Giannis Antetokounmpo has stated that he desires to produce with such consistency that it becomes monotonous.

This is the one regard in which the two-time MVP has recently fallen short.

Tuesday night, the Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Washington Wizards 123-113, snapping the Wizards’ five-game winning run. Antetokounmpo scored a career-high 55 points with a series of spectacular dunks and drives. In what is perhaps the best run of his career, the dazzling forward also recorded 10 rebounds and seven assists.

Antetokounmpo stated, “I want to be at a position… where my game is monotonous.” “I perform the same thing every single night, and no one discusses it because it’s so monotonous. This is what I intend to do. I want other players to find my game tedious. But I don’t get bored. The greatest players, the greats, are never bored. They go out every night and always deliver their finest performance.”

Antetokounmpo has recorded at least 40 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 assists in each of his previous three games. Sunday’s 118-95 loss to the Wizards was missed by the two-time MVP due to a painful left knee.

Elgin Baylor in 1961 and 1963, Wilt Chamberlain in 1963, and Russell Westbrook in 2016 are the only other players in NBA history with three consecutive performances of 40 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 assists.

Flynn Robinson in February 1969 and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in February 1972 are the only other Bucks to score at least 40 points in three consecutive contests.

Mike Budenholzer, head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks, remarked, “He’s been playing with this sort of tenacity, just willing us to win.” “Tonight, we were successful. He’s really been terrific.”

Brook Lopez, a centre for the Bucks, is in his fifth season playing with Giannis Antetokounmpo. The 7-footer could not recall a span of the regular season in which Antetokounmpo has performed better.

Lopez, who had 21 points and 12 rebounds, remarked, “He’s continuously growing.” “When you wonder where further he can go and how else he can improve, he improves once more. We will need to broaden the English language in some way in order to find suitable terms [to describe him]. I’m not sure if I’ve said this before, but I’m certain he will improve once more. Nobody knows what he will do next. He is truly otherworldly.”

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Antetokounmpo’s previous career high was 52 points on March 17, 2019, against the Philadelphia 76ers. In November of 2006, Michael Redd scored 57 points against the Utah Jazz to set the franchise record for points scored in a single game.

Bradley Beal of Washington returned after missing three games due to a tight left hamstring, although he only played 13 minutes. Beal scored eight points prior to his inability to play in the second half due to a hamstring injury.

“Same region,” remarked Wes Unseld Jr., coach of the Wizards. We must simply conduct an evaluation.

Kristaps Porzingis scored 22 points and Kyle Kuzma added 20 for the Wizards.

Bobby Portis of Milwaukee had 17 points and 13 rebounds.

Jrue Holiday returned to action following a three-game absence due to a non-COVID sickness and scored six points in 19 minutes of action. Bucks forward Khris Middleton has missed eight consecutive games due to a painful right knee and will also miss Wednesday’s game in Toronto.