Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks got back on the winning side of things during their 117-111 win against the Washington Wizards on Sunday. After Blowing an 18 point lead on Saturday night in the second half against the Philadelphia 76ers, they needed a Bounce back win against the Washington Wizards. The Bucks outscored the Wizards 63-58 in the second half to secure their win. At the end of regulation, Giannis Antetokounmpo pulled a unique move that the NBA didn’t take kindly to.
NBA Eradicates Giannis Antetokounmpo Triple Double
Giannis grabbed a defensive rebound with about nine seconds left, knowing that left him one rebound short of 10. He hustled the ball downcourt, got near the rim the Bucks were shooting at, hesitated for a moment, and then intentionally threw the ball into the bottom of the rim before catching it. Here is the video:
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As it turns out, the NBA won’t be awarding him the rebound. The league adjusted the statistics from the Bucks’ win over the Wizards on Sunday night. They erased Antetokounmpo’s final rebound that would have given him his fourth triple-double this season. The NBA reviews all stats from each game and regularly makes changes to correct errors or omissions. When doing so after the Bucks-Wizards game they removed the last rebound Monday. According to league rules, for a field goal attempt to count as official, the player has to shoot “with intent to score a field goal.”
Giannis Antetokounmpo officially finished with 23 points, 13 assists and 9 rebounds. The stat adjustment dropped his rebound average from 11.94 per game to 11.92. However, his shooting percentage improved from .538 to .539. You can’t hate the guy for trying, right?
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