With 38 points in the Bucks’ 117-102 win over Cleveland Friday night in Milwaukee, Giannis Antetokounmpo has now scored 35 or more points in three straight games. It is the second time he has done that in his career.
Giannis joins Kareem
Giannis became the second Bucks’ player to have 35 or more points in three straight games multiple times in a career. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in his six-year career in Milwaukee had 11 streaks where he had 35+ points in three or more games. Jabbar holds the team record with 35+ points in five consecutive games; he did it twice with the Bucks.
Giannis had 37 points on November 21 versus Portland and then followed that with 36 points in the November 23 loss to Chicago. He has tallied 35 or more points in five of the 15 games he’s played this season.
He will go for #4 in the streak on Sunday at Fiserv Forum against Dallas. If he gets 35+ in that game, he will try to tie Kareem’s record on Wednesday November 30 in a road contest against the Knicks.
Remember Flynn Robinson?
Jabbar and Giannis are two of the three Bucks’ players to score 35+ points in three straight games. Sharp-shooter Flynn Robinson, “The Electric Eye,” had a streak of three games with 35+ points in February, 1969 of the 1968-69 campaign. That was the Bucks’ first year in the NBA.
If Giannis should continue this streak of 35-point games, he has a long way to go to challenge the NBA record. Wilt Chamberlain has the first, second and third-longest streaks in league history with 35+ points. He had a 33-game, 23-game, and 20-game streak with 35+ points in his career.
NBA’s longest streaks of 35+ points
Here is the longest streak of consecutive games with 35+ points in league history:
10-James Harden, Michael Jordan
9-LeBron James, Wilt Chamberlain, Elgin Baylor
Sixty-nine times in NBA history a player had a streak of five games or more with 35+ points. It was done by 23 different players. Chamberlain tops this list; he had five-game streaks of 35+ points 20 times in his career. The other 22 members of this list with the number of times they had five-game (or longer) streaks of 35+ points in their careers: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (2), Carmelo Anthony (1), Tiny Archibald (3), Rick Barry (2), Elgin Baylor (6), Kobe Bryant (6), DeMar DeRozan (1), Paul George (1), George Gervin (2), James Harden (3), Allen Iverson (1), LeBron James (2), Nikola Jokic (1), Michael Jordan (4), Bernard King (1), Damian Lillard (1), Karl Malone (2), George Mikan (1), Shaquille O’Neal (1), Oscar Robertson (6), Jack Twyman (1), Dominique Wilkins (1).
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