Giannis Antetokounmpo’s remarkable 2018-19 season netted him an MVP trophy.
His followup performance continues to be better.
The Milwaukee Bucks superstar torched the Utah Jazz on Monday for 50 points, 14 rebounds and six assists in a 122-118 victory, another massive performance in a season that’s seen him lead the Bucks to a 14-3 start.
The Greek star’s momentous display was as close to perfection as you can get, with Antetokounmpo giving away zero turnovers in the four-point victory.
Exactly how Antetokounmpo fills up the box score is up for grabs on a nightly basis. But one thing is for sure. He’ll fill up the box score.
He’s four days removed from posting 24 points, 19 rebounds and a career-high 15 assists in a win over the Portland Trail Blazers.
Giannis is better across the board from MVP campaign
Entering Monday’s game, he was averaging 29.9 points, 13.9 rebounds and 6.4 assists, all career highs and better that the 27.7-point, 12.5-rebound, 5.9-assist effort he put up during his MVP campaign.
Add on his 1.6 steals and 1.4 blocks while shooting 56.4 percent from the field and leading his team to the best start in the Eastern Conference, and Antetokounmpo is right back in the thick of the MVP conversation.
Giannis' statline was insane tonight 🔥— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) November 26, 2019
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Bucks win, 122-118. Giannis 50 points, 14 rebs, 6 assists.— Matt Velazquez (@Matt_Velazquez) November 26, 2019
An MVP performance from, well, the MVP.
Giannis is the best thing to happen to Milwaukee since ever— TurkYi Jianlian (@EasyYiJianlian) November 26, 2019
Giannis killed the Jazz tonight!! 🔥— Basketballfosho (@basketballfosho) November 26, 2019
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Giannis finishes with 50 points and 0 turnovers. That’s remarkable. pic.twitter.com/CnY1z9AuGv— Stephen Watson (@WISN_Watson) November 26, 2019
Luka Doncic, LeBron James and James Harden should all have something say about Antetokounmpo’s MVP status. But as the NBA approaches the quarter pole on its regular season, the race is off to a scorching start.
Giannis had one of the most dominant games of his career and the Bucks needed every bit of it.
Jazz ‘threw everything’ at Giannis
Antetokounmpo's display saw him notch an amazing 17th consecutive double-double to help the Bucks rally in the second half for their eighth straight victory, 122-118 over the Utah Jazz.
"We threw everything at him. We threw everybody at him. We threw double-teams and he made plays out of the post," said Jazz guard Mike Conley.
"He got to the free throw line. When he started making the long-range shot, that really makes it tough. I was proud of the way we defended. We tried rebounding and tried to box him out, and he was too tall, too long."
Milwaukee led 120-113 with 1:24 left, but Bojan Bogdanovic countered with a 3-pointer and Donovan Mitchell followed with a layup to make 120-118 with 43 seconds left.
The Bucks missed on their next possession, but Brook Lopez blocked Mitchell's driving layup attempt with 4.4 seconds remaining.
Wesley Matthews added 19 points and Eric Bledsoe 13 for the Bucks, whose last loss was at Utah three weeks ago.
Bogdanovic had 24 points and Mitchell 20 for the Jazz, who were 21 of 45 on 3-pointers.
Antetokounmpo's streak of double-doubles is the longest to begin a season since Bill Walton opened with 34 straight in 1976-77.
The 'Greek Freak', who had 32 points in the second half, played nearly forty minutes minutes and did not commit a turnover.
"I'm impressed, I'm not going to lie to you," Antetokounmpo said.
"Great game and all that. My second 50-point game of my career. Doing it with zero turnovers and all that, that's great. I see that they made 21 3s, and as a team we were still able to be in the game and still win the game. At the end of the day, all that matters is a win."
With Yahoo Sports US