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Giannis Antetokounmpo Scores 50 Points for Bucks

30 January 2023, Monday
Giannis Antetokounmpo anticipated it.
The Milwaukee Bucks star was in the middle of a postgame on-court interview when he noticed several of his teammates positioned in the tunnel. He quickly recognized their plan.
More teammates arrived as Antetokounmpo steadily retreated from the baseline and all the way to half court.

Eventually, he resigned himself to the situation and his teammates soaked him in water to celebrate another excellent outing -- 50 points and 13 rebounds on 20-of-26 shooting in just 30 minutes of play as the Bucks won against the New Orleans Pelicans, 135-110, on Sunday.

Typically, the postgame water shower is something reserved for the locker room, but his team mates chose to do it on the court instead.

Bucks guard Jrue Holiday voiced his approval of Giannis Antetokounmpo's impressive feat of notching up 50 points in a single regular-season game. Holiday stated that this was a way to display how much they valued the accomplishment even though it had occurred multiple times in the past. This marked Antetokounmpo's fifth 50-point regular-season game of his career and second in the same month, which is an unprecedented feat in itself. Additionally, this means that he and Joel Embiid are the only players to have recorded multiple 50-point, 10-rebound games in this season.

Giannis Antetokounmpo started off strong and never looked back in the Sunday game, scoring 18 points in the first quarter alone. By halftime, he had tallied 29 points, the second-highest number of points he had ever scored in a first half.

Guard Jrue Holiday commented on Giannis' performance, saying it seemed effortless and that the team simply needed to stay by his side and support him if the ball was passed. Holiday stated that everyone was essentially just along for the ride, knowing that Giannis was the one to carry the team.

When Antetokounmpo was playing as he was, Brook Lopez, center of the Bucks, said that it was "fun to watch". Lopez commented on Antetokounmpo's usual determination, noting that he didn't settle and got to the rim in ways only he could, finishing tough shots.

With 35 points at the start of the fourth quarter and 44 before the end, Antetokounmpo was well aware he was nearing the 50-point mark. He ended up getting it done with back-to-back 3-pointers.

Giannis Antetokounmpo knew that if he grabbed the rebound, he would shoot without any hesitation. In the end, his decision paid off and the ball went in. The Bucks star took the opportunity to appreciate the moment, knowing that such situations don't come often.

With that in mind, Antetokounmpo shifted his focus to their upcoming game against the Charlotte Hornets. The last time they played, the Hornets won with a score of 138-109. He'll be looking to rectify that result when they face off again on Tuesday night.

On Tuesday night, Giannis Antetokounmpo had quite the struggle against the Utah Jazz, leaving the court with a mere nine points and four rebounds basketed 2-of-7 shooting. This was a stark contrast to his performance against the Pelicans on Sunday, during which he scored 50 points on 26 shots. Nevertheless, Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer still praised the Greek Freak's play.

"I think 50 on 26 shots is impressive," Budenholzer said. "Just everything he did, his aggressiveness. A couple 3s, especially late. But he's shooting it well. We're hoping to generate a few more catch and shoots for him to build his confidence in that area, as well as keep getting to the free throw line; those are areas where he's improving."
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