Giannis Antetokounmpo Gets a Triple-Double Franchise Record After Ruining Russell Westbrook’s Night

Published 03/13/2021, 11:50 PM EST
Mar 13, 2021; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) dunks as Washington Wizards forward Rui Hachimura (8) looks on during the first half at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports


The Milwaukee Bucks are definitely not ruling the EC as they did in the preceding two seasons, but they’re catching up. The way they bounced back after losing those games against the Raptors is commendable. Most recently, Giannis Antetokounmpo and his men defeated the Washington Wizards 125-119 to solidify their third spot in the ranking.

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The Wizards were looking like trouble early in the game, but the Bucks kept their guards up and dodge an upset. It was not the cleanest of the performance from Milwaukee’s defense part, but it was good enough. 

Mar 13, 2021; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) looses the ball as Washington Wizards guard Russell Westbrook (4) defends during the first half at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Giannis Antetokounmpo with a franchise record

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The Greek Freak scored 33 points, 11 boards, 11 assists, 1 steal, and a block in yet another triple-double performance. Prior to this, he had recorded a 24-point triple-double in their blowout victory against the Knicks on March 11. With these consecutive all-around performances, the 6’11” forward has matched a 48-YO franchise record. 

These consecutive triple-doubles are not a big thing for players like James Harden, Russell Westbrook, or Luka Doncic. But for Giannis to stay the leading scorer for the team and also add assists in double figures every other night is a major thing. 

Also, it now seems like the only thing that Kareem Abdul-Jabbar achieved for the Bucks and Giannis Antetokounmpo couldn’t, is winning that NBA ring. With the EC getting more and more competitive, attaining that has become harder than ever. It’ll hence take their entire unit to emerge victorious and not just one man.

The Bucks killed the night for the Wizards

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After winning very close games against the Pelicans, the Clippers, and the Grizzlies, Milwaukee is becoming a clutch unit. Even against the Wizards, the visitors entered the last five minutes with a tied score of 109-109. However, thanks to Jrue Holiday and Giannis, they soon took a lead and the Wizards could not catch up. Eight players from the Bucks’ unit scored in double figures as they lifted together as a team.

But one must praise the Wizards too, because they were playing without their leading scorer Bradley Beal and still managed to scare the Bucks. A 42-point triple-double night for Russell Westbrook got wasted, but he can use the gained confidence in the upcoming important games. The two teams will again battle on March 15, and it’ll be interesting to see if the Wizards can avenge.

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Read also – ‘I’m Shooting 100%’: Giannis Antetokounmpo Jokes He is the Best Shooter He Has Ever Played With

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Sourabh Singh

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Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.

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