In a 108-101 victory over the Lakers on Monday, Giannis Antetokoumpo recorded a tremendous triple-double. It was also Kobe Bryant’s last game in Milwaukee, so it’s only right for the Greek Freak to put on a show for the Mamba.
In 42 minutes, Antetokounmpo was able to record 27 points, 12 rebounds, ten assists, four blocks, and three steals. Wow. There’s a reason people around the NBA have been so high on him since entering the league, his all-around game is one that rivals the best. Although he’s only in his third season, Monday night was the first triple-double of his career.
Along with it being his first, Antetokounmpo joined some elite company with the numbers he put up. According to Basketball-Reference, Giannis is the third player since 1983 to record a triple-double with 27p/12r/10a/4b, joining LeBron James and David Robinson; it’s the first time since LeBron did it in 2010.
To accompany those gaudy numbers, the Greek Freak shot an astounding 70.6% from the field (12/17) and was able to limit his turnovers, committing one.
This game is just an addition to the great year Antetokounmpo is having. Although the Bucks are severely underperforming at 24-33, Giannis is averaging career-highs in every category and is putting himself in a position to become an All-Star within the next year or two.
The Bucks don’t play again until Thursday, where they travel to Boston to take on Isaiah Thomas and the faltering Celtics.