Giannis Antetokounmpo had already had 23 factors and 13 assists for the Milwaukee Bucks towards the Washington Wizards. However as the sport ended, he dribbled to the basket and calmly tossed the ball off the backboard for his tenth rebound.
“I assumed I used to be going to attain the ball, however I really feel like in these conditions it is higher to maintain the ball,” Antetokounmpo mentioned. “However yeah, I am simply making an attempt to play the sport good and I form of stole one.”
It will be his fourth triple-double of the season because the ‘Greek Freak’ continues to battle Nikola Jokic atop the MVP rankings. Maybe he had the Serbian in thoughts, who notched his a hundredth profession triple-double final week towards the Houston Rockets.
Antetokounmpo grabbed the rebound on a 3 from Wizards guard Corey Kispert with 11 seconds left and the opposing protection let him run. He opted to not rating however threw the ball to himself from the backboard because the buzzer went off to sign the top of the sport.
It appears there have been no qualms about his apparent stat padding on both facet and the sport resulted in favor of the Bucks.
The NBA hasn’t been so lenient up to now. In 2004, Atlanta Hawks guard Bob Sura was retrospectively denied below related circumstances. Followers who can reminisce additional would possibly recall a memorable second with Ricky Davis in 2003.
The Cleveland Cavaliers man had 26 factors, 12 assists and 9 rebounds over the Utah Jazz, nicely conscious he was one board away from his first profession triple-double. When Jumaine Jones despatched him the ball close to the basket, Davis had one factor in thoughts. As an alternative of working time, he threw a slight flip from the backboard and recovered his shot.
The irony is that like Sura, Davis was not credited with the rebound. Many have referred to as for the league to be simply as robust this season, with Jokic’s league stats being scrutinized.
Both means, Antetokounmpo’s antics bought his workforce again to successful methods after their 16-game winning streak was snapped by the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday.
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