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Giannis Antetokounmpo joins elite club with second straight 40-20-5 game

Giannis Antetokounmpo joins elite club with second straight 40-20-5 game

MILWAUKEE — Giannis Antetokounmpo had 43 points and 20 rebounds and the Milwaukee Bucks snapped a four-game losing streak with a 123-114 victory about him The Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night.

Antetokounmpo finished with a season-high two points and also had five assists to join Wilt Chamberlain and Elgin Baylor as the only players in NBA history with back-to-back games of at least 40 points, 20 rebounds and five assists Chamberlain did it five times and Baylor once, with Chamberlain the last to do so on January 6-7, 1966.

“It’s a huge compliment to be around these guys,” said Antetokounmpo, who has topped 40 points in four of his last six games. “I just want to win games, so I’ve just been trying to go out there and do what I can. to push myself to the limit.”

According to ESPN Stats & Information research, Antetokounmpo also became the seventh player with multiple games of 40 points, 20 rebounds, 5 assists and 60% shooting. Since the 1976-77 NBA-ABA merger, Charles Barkley and Antetokounmpo are the only players to have done it multiple times.

“His strength, his determination, his will, the attack, attack, attack, finding teammates for the open look, you just know his competitive nature,” said the Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer. “It’s what we’re built for, what he’s made for.”

Bobby Portis added 22 points for Milwaukee.

Anthony Edwards led Minnesota with 30 points on 10-of-20 shooting. Luke Garz i Jaylen Nowell each had 16 points in the Timberwolves’ fifth straight loss.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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