Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton set ridiculous NBA Playoffs record in Game 3 win
Giannis and Middleton came up huge—HUGE!—for the Bucks on Tuesday, avoiding a practically insurmountable 3-0 hole against the Nets. The two All-Stars combined for 68 points and 29 rebounds as they went toe-to-toe with the Nets’ more heralded duo of Durant and Irving.
In the process, Giannis and Middleton set a crazy record by scoring 79 percent of the Bucks points, the highest by any duo in the history of the NBA Playoffs (via ESPN Statistics and Information).
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 11, 2021
It’s unclear who Giannis and Middleton surpassed, but we have a little hunch that it’s not the duo of Smush Parker and Chris Mihm.
Giannis, who has been outplayed by Durant prior to Game 3, had 33 points and 14 rebounds. Middleton, who shot horribly in the first two games, poured in 35 points and 15 rebounds. He also made clutch baskets to stave off the hot pursuit of the Nets. Middleton also helped shackle Durant, who had 30 markers but shot only 11-of-28 from the field.
It was easily one of the finest performances of Giannis and Middleton in the NBA Playoffs. The Greek Freak said they’ve been playing together for so long, they already know what to do during important games, by hook or by crook (via ESPN).
“At the end of the day, a win is a win. It doesn’t matter if you win by 30. It doesn’t matter if you win by one. You can go back home and celebrate the W.”
No time to celebrate too much though.