Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo emerged as the franchise leader for career blocked shots on Friday night while leading Milwaukee’s visit to a 123-114 win over the Houston Rockets, ending their seven-game winning streak consecutive.
Antetokounmpo filled the stat sheet with 41 points, 17 rebounds, five assists, three steals and two blocks, passing Alton Lister to claim another record in Bucks history. Antetokounmpo, whose 1.7 blocks per game is his highest score since the 2016-17 season, also holds the franchise records for free throw attempts, defensive rebounds and triple doubles.
“It’s a big moment. A big compliment to my career,” Antetokounmpo said of the record-setting. “But I have to keep improving. I have to keep defending better.… It’s great to accomplish something like this in my career, but I have to keep pushing forward, keep improving and continue to help my teammates win games. “
Antetokounmpo shot 4 of 13 and finished with just 15 points in the Bucks’ loss to the Miami Heat on Wednesday and he didn’t think he played aggressively enough. He responded on Friday, knocking down 15 of 19 baskets while making 10 of 14 free throws. This is the second time this season that Antetokounmpo has recorded 40 points, 15 rebounds and five assists.
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“He just wanted to come out and set the tone, especially after we dropped one against Miami,” Bucks forward Khris Middleton said. “That was the main thing, be aggressive and win.”
The Rockets had been one of the hottest teams in the NBA before clashing with the Bucks, who had just suffered a disappointing loss to the Heat without Jimmy Butler or Bam Adebayo.
It was the first loss Milwaukee had suffered this season with Antetokounmpo, Middleton and Jrue Holiday all in the lineup, but the Bucks responded against the suddenly competitive Rockets, who continued their winning streak after a 15-game skid. lost.
“We knew that today they were going to play extremely hard against us, trying to prove themselves,” said Antetokounmpo. “They play really well. They don’t have a big star or superstar taking control of possessions, they have to play the game and they have to shoot the ball really well. They have to get in position to be successful. They defend very well. well and if they keep playing like this, they’re going to keep improving every year. “