The Greek Giannis Antetokounmpo sealed his record of points on Tuesday, scoring 55 in the victory of the Milwaukee Bucks against the Washington Wizards (123-113), in an NBA day with a reduced program in which the Oklahoma City Thunder humiliated the Boston Celtics and in which the Sacramento Kings triumphed against the Utad Jazz despite a great final scare.
Antetokounmpo broke his record with 52 points in a game where he also had 10 rebounds, 7 assists and 2 steals. Two of his teammates also achieved a double double: Bobby Portis, coming off the bench, with 17 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals; and Brook Lopez with 21 points, 12 rebounds, 3 assists, one steal and 6 blocks.
The Bucks (24-13) thus ended a 5-game winning streak for the Wizards (17-22), to whom they had lost on Saturday (95-118). The difference between the locals was reduced to 3 in the middle of the last quarter, but Giannis was there to beat his record and seal the victory. The Hellene also broke the personal and franchise record by scoring 40 or more points in the last three straight games.
For their part, the Oklahoma City Thunder, with an offensive recital that reached 150 points, humiliated the Celtics (150-117) at home, who could not get enough of the good performances of their stars Jaylen Brown (29 points) and Jayson Tatum (27 points) in the first three quarters. Those with the clover only had options at the end of the first quarter (34-33). Afterwards, the advantage of the locals exceeded 20 points and reached 37 points.
The leaders of the Western Conference, the Celtics (26-12), thus lost their second game in a row after winning 4 consecutive games against the Thunder (16-21), who were more successful than Boston in field goals (59.2 percent versus 45.5) and three (20 versus 12).
The most exciting game of the day took place in Utah, where the Jazz were barely a tenth away from signing the heroics of the season against the Sacramento King, who finally won (115-117). Three free throws by Finnish center Lauri Markkanen tied the game at 115 with 16 seconds left, but a tackle by De'Aaron Fox, reaching his 37 points, sealed the game.
However, with 0.4 on the clock, Markannen managed to receive the ball and score the basket that gave the locals the victory. He celebrated it in style, but the review by the referees caused the annulment, as the ball left his hands after the buzzer.