Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo ties Shaquille O’Neal for share of NBA record
Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo has forged his way beside Shaquille O’Neal for an NBA record. Per ESPN & Stats Info via EliasSports, Antetokounmpo tallied 12th 25-Point, 15-Rebound, five-assist game this season in their win on Monday over the Chicago Bulls. This ties O’Neal for the most 25-Point, 15-Rebound, 5-Assist games in a single season.
Tonight is Giannis Antetokounmpo's 12th 25-Point, 15-Rebound, 5-Assist game this season, which ties Shaquille O'Neal for the most 25-Point, 15-Rebound, 5-Assist games in a single season since the NBA-ABA Merger. (1976-77)
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The Greek Freak finished with 29 points, 17 rebounds, and eight assists. More importantly, the Bucks sealed the win, bringing their record to 42-14 for the best team in the NBA.
Once again, Antetokounmpo gave everyone a good reason on why he’ll likely land the MVP award at the end of the season. Not only is he putting up superhuman statistics, but he’s also helping his team snag victory after victory. And they’re not just beating teams — they are man-handling them on any given night.
Statistics reveal that the Bucks lead the league in points differential with +535. Per game, they average log in a point-differential of +9.7 — also first in the league. Way behind them is the defending back-to-back champions Golden State Warriors who have a total of +420 and +7.6 per game.
These statistics are enough proof that the Bucks are wreaking havoc on NBA defenses. It’s an impressive feat given that last year, they finished seventh in the East and were eliminated in seven games in the first round. It would be exciting to see how this Bucks team will fare in the playoffs.