NBA roundup The Boston Celtics beat the Milwaukee Bucks despite being without Giannis Antetokounmpo. Milwaukee Bucks win a thrilling extra game
Curry scores 40 points for the third time this season, leading the Warriors past the Bulls; Harden leads the Nets to victory against the Pelicans; Doncic and Jokic both get triple-doubles in wins for the Mavericks and Nuggets, respectively; the Lakers lose again at home to Minnesota without LeBron James.
In an entertaining Friday night of NBA action, the Boston Celtics defeated the Milwaukee Bucks in an overtime thriller, and a number of players in the MVP debate turned in performances that backed up their claims.
The Boston Celtics upset the Milwaukee Bucks 122-113 on Friday night, with Dennis Schröder scoring a season-high 38 points, including eight in overtime, as they took advantage of Giannis Antetokounmpo‘s absence.
Boston has won four of its last five games after starting the season 2-5. Jayson Tatum had 27 points and 11 rebounds.
Antetokounmpo, the reigning NBA Finals MVP, was forced to sit out with a right ankle injury approximately 90 minutes before the game. For the defending NBA champion Bucks, Jrue Holiday had 17 points and 13 assists, while Bobby Portis scored 22 points. Grayson Allen scored 21 points in regulation, including a pair of 3-pointers in the last 73 seconds to send the game to overtime.
Marcus Smart scored 12 of his 19 points in the third quarter, when the Celtics transformed a four-point deficit into a seven-point advantage. Robert Williams III had 12 points and 10 rebounds.
However, Boston still needed overtime to win, and the team is now 6-6 on the season, while the reigning champs are now 6-7.
who is Giannis Antetokounmpo ?
Greek basketball player Giannis Antetokounmpo now plays for the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks (NBA).
Antetokounmpo was dubbed the “Greek Freak” because of his size, speed, and ability to handle the ball.
Filathlitikos‘ youth teams in Athens were where Antetokounmpo began his basketball career.
The Bucks selected him with the 15th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft after he made his NBA debut in 2011 with the club’s senior squad.
This season, he was the first player in NBA history to finish a regular season with at least 20 points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks in the top 20 in each of the five main statistical categories.
He was voted Most Improved Player in 2017.
After leading the Eastern Conference in votes in each of the last five All-Star games, Antetokounmpo was elected All-Star captain in 2019 and 2020.
For the first time in NBA history, Antetokounmpo won the NBA Most Valuable Player Award in both 2019 and 2020, becoming only the third player to do so before reaching the age of 26.
Only Michael Jordan (1988) and Hakeem Olajuwon have won both the NBA Defensive Player of the Year and MVP awards in the same season as he did in 2020, when he was named both (1994).
In 2021, Antetokounmpo was named Finals MVP after guiding the Milwaukee Bucks to their first NBA championship since 1971.
In the same year, he was inducted into the NBA 75th Anniversary Team.