Giannis Antetokounmpo ‘stole’ triple-double with late miss
This triple-double ought to go within the stat ebook with an asterisk.
Bucks famous person Giannis Antetokounmpo appeared to purposefully pad his personal stats throughout the closing seconds of Milwaukee’s 117-111 win over the Wizards on Sunday — seeming to intentionally miss a shot with nobody round him so he might pull down his personal rebound.
By means of the primary 47 minutes and 58 seconds, Antetokounmpo had 23 factors, 13 assists … and 9 rebounds.
“I used to be desirous about scoring the ball, however I really feel like in these conditions it’s greatest to type of preserve the ball,” Antetokounmpo mentioned. “However yeah, I simply attempt to play the sport sensible and type of stole one.”
The additional board on the buzzer gave him a triple-double.
“NAH THAT IS THE GREATEST STATPAD OF ALL TIME,” one Twitter consumer wrote, supplementing the submit with three crying emojis.
Giannis is within the thick of the MVP race, at present tied because the second-favorite with Joel Embiid at BetMGM, with each gamers nicely behind a heavy favourite in Nikola Jokic.
Jokic has a whopping, NBA-leading 25 triple-doubles on the season, with Antetokounmpo solely having 4 even after the bonus one Sunday night time.
It looks like the Nuggets star heart has run away with the race, dealing as a -360 favourite at BetMGM (a couple of 78 p.c implied probability to win).
Nonetheless, one can’t knock the hustle for one of many league’s premier stars boosting his personal stat profile on the finish of a regular-season recreation.