Bucks stars Khris Middleton, Giannis Antetokounmpo join Shaq, Kobe Bryant with Game 6 dominance
Milwaukee Bucks stars Khris Middleton and Giannis Antetokounmpo stepped up to the plate in Game 6 against the Brooklyn Nets. After the Bucks’ epic Game 5 collapse put them on the brink of elimination, Middleton went for 38 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and five steals in a 104-89 win, while Giannis put up 30 points, 17 rebounds and three assists to force a Game 7.
With both players going for 30-plus points and 10-plus rebounds in the same game for the second time in these playoffs, they joined Los Angeles Lakers legends Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant as the only duo to ever do this in NBA postseason history.
Khris Middleton and Giannis Antetokounmpo join Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal as the only teammates in NBA history to each record 30+ points and 10+ rebounds in the same game twice in a single #NBAPlayoffs. pic.twitter.com/7CBgN9irOk
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Middleton and Antetokounmpo also pulled off this feat in the 86-83 Game 3 victory over Brooklyn. In that game, the duo combined for 68 of Milwaukee’s 86 points and also combined for 29 rebounds, with Middleton snaring 15 and Giannis grabbing 14.
The Bucks will need their star duo to bring it again in Game 7. Middleton has been much better at home than on the road in this series, so he’s going to need to dig deep for a big road performance.
Giannis has put up big numbers no matter the venue, but Milwaukee will want to see him play like he did in Game 6. He was in attack mode all game and didn’t take any 3-pointers. He also took over the game down the stretch after it looked like the Bucks might collapse again, putting the finishing touches on the win with a monster offensive rebound and dunk.
We’ll see if the Bucks can finish off the series comeback in Game 7 on Saturday, or if their season ends in disappointment once again. Given the Nets’ injuries, Game 7 is essentially a tossup at this point.