Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo Strongly Speaks Out After Scoring 54 Points Against Pacers

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Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo had an incredible game against the Indiana Pacers on November 9. The two-time MVP put up 54 points and 12 rebounds while shooting 19-of-25 from the field and 16-of-18 from the free-throw line.


After the game, Antetokounmpo told reporters that his legs felt good in the Bucks-Pacers game.

Antetokounmpo played 36 minutes versus the Pacers. He admitted that he was “tired” coming into the game, which makes his performance even more legendary.

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“Obviously, I was tired,” Antetokounmpo said. “Yesterday, I didn’t play a lot of minutes, but what people don’t understand is that it’s not about how many minutes I play in the game. It’s the preparation for the game. It’s shootaround, it’s lifting weights, recovery, pregame shooting, pregame warm-up, then you play the game. Like it’s so much (that goes) into the game. If I play 15 or 35 minutes, it doesn’t make a difference, I still feel tired. So coming in today, I was extremely tired, but this is our job. We’ve gotta do what we gotta do. Try to compete and give everything we have on the second night of the back-to-back.”

The Bucks lost to the Pacers by two points. Damian Lillard didn’t play due to a calf injury and Milwaukee really missed the star point guard, especially in the fourth quarter when Indiana started to trap Antetokounmpo, who turned the ball over eight times.

“In the second half, we had a chance to win,” Antetokounmpo said. “But they came back, made tough shots and we didn’t take care of the ball. I didn’t take care of the ball — two possessions that I could shoot the ball, I didn’t shoot the ball — but I was gassed and they (were) able to get a win. A lot of good things that we can learn from today, but we’ve got to get better. We’ve got to get better. Teams are scoring a lot of points on us right now. We’ve got to be better.”

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The Bucks are 5-3 on the season. Antetokounmpo is averaging 28.1 points, 9.4 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 0.6 steals and 1.4 blocks while shooting 56.6% from the floor, 25.0% from beyond the arc and 68.3% from the free-throw line.

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