Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks were short-handed in their second game of a back-to-back, yet were able to come away with the victory in overtime. It was not a game that should have required overtime, however. Despite both teams starting the first quarter ice cold from the floor, the Milwaukee Bucks were able to blow the game open and led by 21 with about three minutes left in the fourth quarter. Suddenly, the Raptors caught fire and tied the game to send it into overtime. Fortunately, Giannis and the Bucks were able to hold on in overtime to secure their second win in as many days.
Giannis Antetokounmpo with a Rare 30-20-10 Triple Double
Of course, the Bucks were led by their two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo. A day after he scored 55 points against the Washington Wizards, Giannis put up 30 points, 21 rebounds, and 10 assists. According to Scott Grodsky of CBS58, this is just the seventh 30-20-10 triple-double in the NBA in the past 40 years.
This is the first 30/20/10 triple-double of Giannis Antetokounmpo’s career and the seventh in the NBA in the last 40 years.
— Scott Grodsky (@ScottGrodsky) January 5, 2023
Giannis shot 7-18 from the floor (1-3 from three) and was 15-21 from the free throw line. As astounding as his stat line was, Giannis also had 12 turnovers.
Grayson Allen Hit the Game-Winning Shot
Grayson Allen had one of his better games in recent weeks, scoring 16 points on just 4-9 shooting (2-5 from three). He was 6-8 from the free throw line. None of his shots as big as the three pointer he hit with 10.8 seconds left in overtime to give the Bucks a 104-101 lead.
GRAYSON ALLEN!!! pic.twitter.com/FfmChSk8k4
— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) January 5, 2023
The shot gave Giannis his 10th assist, clinching his historic triple-double. It also was a form of redemption for Allen, who committed a stupid flagrant one foul late in the fourth quarter. Gary Trent Jr. hit a three on the shot and then made the flagrant free throw. The Raptors got possession of the ball afterwards and scored again.
An Awful First Quarter
Giannis and the Bucks led 13-12 after one quarter of play. Toronto did not score a basket until approximately seven minutes had passed in the game. The Bucks, too, struggled from the floor early.
In the second quarter, both teams scored 26 points. In other words, both teams scored more in the second quarter than they had combined for in the first.
Other Top Bucks Performers
- Brook Lopez had nine points, 19 rebounds, two assists, and two blocks.
- Bobby Portis had yet another double-double off the bench: 14 points and 12 rebounds.
- MarJon Beaucahmp had 10 points on 4-6 shooting (2-3 from three).
- Pat Connaughton had 15 points, six rebounds, and an assist.