Giannis Antetokounmpo Matches Michael Jordan and Inches Closer to LeBron James in a Rare NBA Record

Published 02/28/2021, 9:55 PM EST
Feb 28, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) goes to the basket between LA Clippers center Serge Ibaka (9) and forward Kawhi Leonard (2) in the third quarter at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Michael McLoone-USA TODAY Sports


The Milwaukee Bucks have had a 10-5 record in their last fifteen games. They’ve followed a crazy sinusoidal curve of five wins followed by as many losses, and then again the five wins. The Bucks were suddenly on the wrong end of the conversation when losing those back-to-back games. But on the back of splendid performances by MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, they are again dominating the East.

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The Bucks’ recent win against the WC giant LA Clippers further solidified their position. They won the tie 105-100 after recording a great Q4. The Greek Freak remained the protagonist of the match and also won individual recognition.

Giannis Antetokounmpo closing in on Chicago Bulls’ Michael Jordan

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The face of the franchise, Giannis, is averaging 28.1 points, 11.9 rebounds, 5.5 assists, 1.2 steals, and 1.3 blocks since 2017-18 (four seasons). This crazy average has etched his name into the chapter that is led by LeBron James. Take a look – 

Now, he is just one 30/10/05 game away from breaking Michael Jordan’s record. Plus, he is 10 years younger than LeBron James, and chances are high that he will even surpass King James in this unique record. Unlike the names mentioned on the list, the Greek Freak did not enjoy very dominant initial years in his career, but he now is one of the most consistent performers across several seasons. 

How did the Bucks curtail the Clippers? 

Against the LA-based franchise, Giannis Antetokounmpo scored a double-double with 36 points and 14 rebounds. He was not very efficient from the three-point range but covered for it by his explosive ability to rule the paint. The four blocks and a steal ensured he denied enough shots to the Clippers to mar their confidence. 

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The Bucks were trailing 98-100 with under 155 seconds remaining in the match. That’s when Khris Middleton came as a Robin to Giannis and assisted him twice to allow the freak to score a layup followed by a dunk.

The missed three-point attempts from Kawhi Leonard and Paul George further helped the case of the Bucks as they took a five-point lead and won the important fixture.

They are now just two wins away from claiming the top spot in EC but still have the Brooklyn Nets in a better position to reach the peak first.

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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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