Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo is first to have 45-10-5 line without a turnover since Michael Jordan in 1989
Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo has done what nobody else has done in almost 30 years.
Antetokounmpo is the first player since Chicago Bulls guard Michael Jordan to record 45 points, 10 rebounds, and five assists without a turnover, per ESPN Stats & Infor’s official Twitter account.
Giannis is the first player to have 45 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and ZERO turnovers in a single game in 10,745 days.
The last to do it was Michael Jordan, who did it on November 3, 1989 vs the Cavaliers.
Sometimes, all you can do is put your hands on your hips and watch… pic.twitter.com/vpMt7ZZ6gj
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) April 5, 2019
Antetokounmpo scored 45 points, grabbed 13 rebounds, and dished out six assists without a single turnover in the Bucks’ 128-122 road win over the Philadelphia 76ers on April 4. The win clinched Milwaukee’s (59-20) top seed in the Eastern Conference.
The 2018-19 NBA campaign has been Antetokounmpo’s breakout season. He has recorded six games of at least 43 points since the regular season kicked off in October. This includes a 52-point outburst in a 130-125 loss to the visiting Sixers on March 18.
It’s clear the versatile Antetokounmpo isn’t just about scoring. Aside from averaging 27.4 points per game, he has also been averaging 12.5 points and 5.9 assists per game in 2018-19.
His wiry yet muscular frame also allows him to excel on the defensive end. He has been averaging 1.5 blocks in 70 appearances with Milwaukee this season.
The MVP dominated in the WIN:
— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) April 5, 2019
The 2019 NBA MVP race is shaping up to be a two-player race between Giannis Antetokounmpo and Houston Rockets guard James Harden (36.3 points, 6.5 points, and 7.5 assists per game).
Even if Giannis Antetokounmpo doesn’t secure the MVP plum, drawing comparisons to the great Michael Jordan is an achievement in itself.
The good news for NBA fans: The 24-year-old Antetokounmpo is just getting started.