Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo Matches Wilt Chamberlain in Historic Feat During Win Over Blazers

Published 04/03/2021, 6:30 AM EDT
Mar 29, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) moves the ball up court against the Los Angeles Clippers during the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports


The Milwaukee Bucks may have started the season slowly, but they’re not messing around anymore, and a huge reason for their rise is the form of two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo.

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Last night, when he was playing against the Blazers, Giannis obliterated their defense and scored 47 points. There was no stopping him, as he shot an absurd 18-21 from the field and 11-13 from the free-throw line.

Giannis also had 12 rebounds, which made it a historic performance for the Bucks star. He became the first player, since Wilt Chamberlain in 1967, to record a 45/10 game while shooting 85% from the field.

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Giannis also went 18-18 from two-pointers. This is also a Wilt record, who went 18-18 against the Bullets back in 1967. Wilt is arguably the most dominant player in the history of the game, so emulating such records from the four-time MVP is an impressive feat.

Giannis Antetokounmpo at his dominant best

Giannis fully lived up to the Greek Freak nickname as he went lights out against the Portland Trail Blazers. He often gets criticized for just being a ‘run and dunk’ player, but when he is playing like this, there is no fan in the world who can complain.

At his best, Giannis is very dominant on both ends on the floor, and he makes it impossible for players to guard him and also get past him. He had Robert Covington, one of the most underrated defenders in the league, guarding him. But Giannis made it a mismatch, combining his size and speed to lead the Bucks to an 18 point win.

He was also supported by Khris Middleton, who scored 20 points, and Jrue Holiday, who had 22 points. Both of them were vital on both ends for the Bucks last night.

Is an MVP three-peat on the way for Giannis?

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Hall of Famer, Larry Bird, is the only player in NBA history to win the MVP award thrice in a row. And now, Giannis is just one away from equalling him. At the start of the season, it didn’t look like he would have a chance this time around. However, he is one of the favorites now.

Jan 4, 2021; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) reacts after scoring against the Detroit Pistons at the Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Nick Monroe/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

While the NBA MVP ladder may only have him as #4, if the Bucks make their way to the top, Giannis will be the #1 favorite. Despite having two capable scorers with him, Giannis has not taken his foot off the gas. His aim will be to get the Bucks to the title, but he would definitely not mind another MVP in the process.

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Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.

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