The “Greek Freak” (the Greek monster) Giannis Antetokounmpo remains powerful at the beginning of the year: after 45 and 43 pawns spent in Chicago and Minnesota until the end of 2022, he has passed the peak stage of his fifty. And that was necessary, to allow the Bucks, champions in 2021, to take revenge on the Wizards who lost to them last Sunday without him (118-95).
Author of 20/33 on shots (10 rebounds, 7 assists), Antetokounmpo scored 19 points in the 4th quarter, which was necessary to stop Washington’s attempts to come back (10th), which remained at five victories, in this blocking image. in the hands of Kristaps Porzingis (22 pts, 9 rebounds) two minutes from time, accompanied by an irresistible return from the field and a basket at fault.
“I tried to make the right decisions, stay aggressive throughout, do everything for the team to win. I’m working hard, many people think my game is boring, but I’m doing everything to improve”Antetokounmpo’s reaction after his show of force.
In the absence of his lieutenant Khris Middleton, who injured his knee, the double MVP (2019, 2020) found in Brook Lopez (21 pts, 12 rebounds, 6 blocks) important support inside, Bobby Portis added of 17 points off the bench.
His tremendous offensive performance sparked a booming season in this area, a day after Donovan Mitchell (Cleveland) scored 71 points, becoming the sixth player in history to score as many in a game, and Klay Thompson (Golden State). It was enough to make it the 14th game of the season with 50 or more points scored by a player, up from 19 last year.
Suspense in Utah
With this victory, Milwaukee remains third in the East, but is closing in on Brooklyn, which, without playing, is also closing in on the Celtics, who are rarely beaten by the Thunder, mediocre 12th in the West and yet deprived of his best element, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, ill.
In his absence, Josh Giddey (25 pts) guided OKC to set a new record for points scored in a team game since moving from Seattle in the 2008-2009 season (victory 150 -117).
Luguentz Dort (23 pts), Jalen Williams, Tre Mann and Isaiah Joe (21 pts each) also contributed and the Thunder shot 59.2%, taking advantage of the C’s lack of defense.
Since Jaylen Brown (29 pts) and Jayson Tatum (27 pts) did not miss their match, failed to influence his fate.
The last meeting of the night, which did not lack suspense, saw Sacramento take a breather in Utah (117-115), the time for De’Aaron Fox to rise to the double winning move less than a second from the end .
It still took a little for joy to be part of the Jazz, as Lauri Markkanen (28 pts) made a three-point shot in the final action. The basket was denied, as the ball left his hand after the buzzer.
Preponderant for the Kings, Fox finished with 37 points in the bag including 20 in the last quarter alone, supported by pivot Domantas Sabonis (21 pts, 14 rebounds, 8 assists).
So Sacramento consolidates its 5th position in the West, Utah goes on a 5th losing streak and sits in 10th place.