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On Thursday, the Milwaukee Bucks won 120-119 against the Brooklyn Nets, with “Greek Freak” Giannis Antetokounmpo scoring 44 points, 14 rebounds, and six assists in 39 minutes.
27-year-old Antetokounmpo made 14 of his 21 shots to move past Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s previous franchise record of 14,211 points.
Antetokounmpo took the game into overtime and broke the record after scoring three points with only 18.7 seconds left of regulation time. He proceeded to sink the tie-breaking free throws with three seconds remaining in OT.
“I’m changing the narrative,” he said, claiming he wasn’t aware of when he broke the record. “I don’t want to be the guy only that dunks and runs.”
“It doesn’t really matter because at the end of the day if you don’t have a successful season […] nobody is going to remember this.
“I want myself to stay humble. The more humble I get, the more hungry I stay, the more things I can accomplish.”
Bucks guard Jrue Holiday added, “That’s definitely the MVP.”
“He’s improved his game a lot and it’s shown — from the free throw line to his fadeaway to his three-point shot. From last year to this year, it’s so much better. I felt like us kind of hanging on his coattail in that way gies us confidence as well,” Holiday said to the media.
Despite the spotlight on Antetokounmpo, Brooklyn star Kevin Durant played to win.
Durant scored 26 points, seven rebounds, and 11 assists for the Nets. However, he failed a last-second three-point attempt in OT, which would have won them the game.
The Bucks have now won 12 of their last 15 games.
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