Giannis Antetokounmpo Makes NBA Finals History
Giannis Antetokounmpo made history by becoming only the sixth player in the NBA Finals to score more than 40 points in consecutive games. As he helped his Milwaukee Bucks edge out the Phoenix Suns, Antetokounmpo joined NBA legends Michael Jordan, Shaquille O’Neal, Rick Barry, and LeBron James – all of whom had consecutive 40-point performances.
With a total of 41 points scored, Antetokounmpo, known as the Greek Freak, led his team to a 120-100 victory, thus cutting the Suns lead to 2-1. What makes the two-time MVP’s performance even more impressive is the fact that just a couple of weeks ago, he had to leave Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Hawks due to a left knee injury. Although the injury is still being treated, the player refused to let his team fall into a 3-0 hole.
When asked in a postgame interview if he was chasing Michael Jordan’s record of four 40-point games in a row, Antetokounmpo said: “I’m not Michael Jordan. […] All I care about right now, it’s getting one more, that’s all. Just taking care of business, doing our job.”
Antetokounmpo finished the 2019–20 season with a player efficiency rating of 31.9, which is the highest single-season rating in NBA history. Thanks to his success during Game 3 of the NBA Finals, he also became the only other player besides Shaquille O’Neal to have 40-plus points and 10-plus rebounds in back-to-back Finals games.
Fans are excited to see what’s next for this powerhouse player. The Suns are currently marked as the favorite by both old and new betting sites. But there are at least two more upcoming games, and seeing as the Bucks have regained their confidence, the final outcome is still impossible to predict.
The NBA Finals schedule is:
Game 4: July 14
Game 5 July 17
Game 6 July 20 (if necessary)
Game 7 July 22 (if necessary)