Basketball   |   April 13, 2023

Giannis Antetokounmpo’s Triple-Double Sends the Bucks to a Win Over the Raptors

Giannis Antetokounmpo tallied 22 points, grabbed 13 boards, and dished out ten assists without missing anything from the field. The triple-double was his fourth of the campaign. 

To top it all off, Giannis accomplished this feat while shooting a perfect 9-for-9 from the pitch to record just the thirteenth triple-double in the history of the NBA. Giannis joins Nikola Jokic, who did it earlier this season, as the 9th NBA player to reach that milestone. 

Antetokounmpo’s 9 (nine) field goals are placed fourth among the 13 games with the same stat. You may find it more challenging to get anything Giannis Antetokounmpo has yet to accomplish in his career than it is to guard him. Giannis did the former since the Toronto Raptors could not execute the latter in the 118-111 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday night.

Antetokounmpo began his Sunday night with a three-pointer from the right flank in the game’s opening minutes. From there, he never looked back. 

As always, the Greek-Nigerian professional basketball player was most effective around the basket. Giannis dunked and made several layups by slashing through the opposition’s defense. Over and over again, he made the correct pass when the Raptors packed a whole defense to prevent him from getting to the basket.

Milwaukee Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer compared it to a perfect game by a pitcher. Ultimately, shooting 9-of-9 from the pitch and recording a triple-double is intriguing. He was somewhat astonished that it had happened 13 times, as it seemed rare. Though Mike Budenholzer is not a huge fan of statistics or history, he had to admit that Giannis is special.

Antetokounmpo presented an intriguing analysis of his judgment process during his postgame news conference. In honor of his career-high 712th game, Giannis sat with the match ball in his lap.

Milwaukee Bucks Get Back on Track Against Raptors Thanks to Strong Plays From Giannis Antetokounmpo and Brook Lopez

The Milwaukee Bucks beat the Toronto Raptors 118-111 on Sunday to get back on track. A triple-double from Giannis Antetokounmpo and a tremendous performance from Brook Lopez in the massive fourth quarter helped the Bucks to a decisive win.

Thursday’s crushing loss to Indiana tore up the current Eastern Conference leaders. However, the win over the Toronto Raptors in Milwaukee’s Fiserv Forum marked their return to form.

Antetokounmpo featured 22 (twenty-two) points, 13 (thirteen) rebounds, and 10 (ten) assists for the game’s final tally. The win pushed Milwaukee’s record to 51-20, 2.5 games better than second-placed – the 76ers of Philadelphia – in the Eastern Conference.

Fred VanVleet scored 23 points to lead the Toronto Raptors in scoring. In the final minutes of the third quarter, Toronto held an eight-point lead. However, they could not come out on top in the end as Milwaukee edged by with a win thanks to Lopez’s 17 out of the 26-point performance in the final quarter.

What Happened in Some NBA Games on Sunday?

Los Angeles Lakers 111 vs. 105 Orlando Magic

The Los Angeles Lakers returned from Friday’s heartbreaking loss to Dallas Mavericks. They defeated the Orlando Magic 111-105. Austin Reaves led the Lakers by tallying a career-high 35 points. 

The Lakers were stunned by the Dallas Mavericks’ buzzer-beating victory on Friday. They were fighting to keep their hopes of making the Western Conference playoffs alive.

Oklahoma City Thunder 124 vs. 120 Phoenix Suns 

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Oklahoma City Thunder’s point guard, delivered 40 points to lead his team to a comeback victory over Devin Booker & the Phoenix Suns. Gilgeous-Alexander made 12 of 24 field shot attempts and 16 of 19 free throws.

Oklahoma City returned from a 15-point deficit in the first half to win 124-120 behind the strong shooting of Gilgeous-Alexander. 

The Thunder returned from a 10-point deficit in the 4th quarter to win, outscoring Phoenix 34-24 with 10 points from Gilgeous-Alexander. With their record now at 35-36, the Thunder have moved up to eighth place in the Western Conference. The Thunder also have a better chance of making the playoffs.

Portland Trail Blazers 102 vs. 117 Los Angeles Clippers

The Portland Trail Blazers’ playoff hopes took a setback in a 117-102 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. Paul George scored 29 points to lead the Clippers in scoring. Also, Kawhi Leonard added 24 points as the Los Angeles Clippers controlled the entire game. The defeat drops Portland three positions to 13th in the Western Conference. They have a 31-40 record, three games out of the playoff picture.

The Los Angeles Clippers face Oklahoma City Thunder next Wednesday, 22nd March. The fixture is available on Dafabet.