Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo accomplishes rare feat after impressive performance against Pacers
In doing so, Antetokounmpo became just the third player since the 1976-77 campaign to post 25 points, 15 boards and five dimes in three straight games, joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Karl-Anthony Towns as the only players to accomplish the feat:
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Antetokounmpo made 12 of his 22 shots in what was a 106-97 win for Milwaukee, going 9-of-10 from the free-throw line and also adding a couple of steals to boot.
On the season overall, the man known as “The Greek Freak” is averaging 27.1 points, 12.6 rebounds, 5.9 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.4 blocks over 33.2 minutes per game while shooting 58.1 percent from the floor, 22.3 percent from three-point range and 71.7 percent from the free-throw line en route to his third straight All-Star appearance.
The 24-year-old was originally selected by the Bucks in the first round (15th pick overall) of the 2013 NBA Draft.
He played in 77 games during his rookie campaign, making 23 starts. During that time, he averaged 6.8 points and 4.4 boards across 24.6 minutes a night while making 41.4 percent of his field-goal attempts and 68.3 percent of his foul shots.
Antetokounmpo then showed steady improvement over his next two seasons before breaking out in 2016-17, registering 22.9 points, 8.8 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 1.9 blocks and 1.6 steals through 35.6 minutes per game, connecting on 52.1 percent of his shots and 77 percent of his free throws.
The Bucks own an NBA-best record of 43-14 and have won 14 of their last 16 games. They will now head into the All-Star break and take on the Boston Celtics in their first game back on Feb. 21.