MILWAUKEE (AP) — In a sensational performance, Giannis Antetokounmpo etched his name in the record books by scoring a franchise-record 64 points, leading the Milwaukee Bucks to a commanding 140-126 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night.
The Greek Freak’s dominance was evident as he shot 20 of 28 from the field, converted 24 of 32 free throws, and secured 14 rebounds.
Notably, the game saw a heated moment when Antetokounmpo was tackled by Aaron Nesmith, resulting in a brief exchange involving multiple players. Nesmith received a flagrant-1, while technical fouls were assessed to Nesmith and the Bucks’ Bobby Portis. Antetokounmpo capitalized on both free throws, extending the Bucks’ lead to 108-96 after Khris Middleton’s subsequent jumper. Portis, unfortunately, received a second technical and was ejected with 9:13 remaining, concluding his night with 19 points.
Antetokounmpo continued his scoring spree, contributing seven consecutive points to propel the Bucks to a commanding 118-100 lead with 6:26 left.
Damian Lillard added 21 points to complement Antetokounmpo’s heroics. Lillard’s second 3-pointer in the third quarter marked his 2,451st in his career, surpassing Kyle Korver for fifth place in NBA history.
Despite the Pacers defeating the Bucks 128-119 in the semifinals of the In-Season Tournament on Thursday night, Antetokounmpo’s historic performance stole the spotlight. The Bucks star scored a crucial drive to establish a 96-80 lead with 3:40 remaining in the third period, but the Pacers narrowed the gap to 101-94 entering the final quarter.
Antetokounmpo’s first-half display with 21 points laid the foundation for the Bucks, securing a 70-63 lead at halftime.