Giannis becomes Bucks’ all-time scoring leader in OT win over Nets

Posted: 01/04/2022 in NBA
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Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo became the franchise’s all-time scoring leader by collecting his 40th point in Thursday night’s 120-119 overtime victory against the Brooklyn Nets.

The 27-year-old entered Thursday’s contest trailing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s record of 14,211 points. It took the legendary big man just six seasons to reach his mark, while Antetokounmpo needed nine campaigns.

“Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is just one of the iconic players in our league,” Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer said postgame, according to ESPN’s Nick Friedell. “And what he was able to accomplish in Milwaukee and then, of course, going forward, he’s one of the all-time greats.

“So, for Giannis to pass him, organizationally, as our all-time career leading scorer, to have a front-row seat for the last three and three-quarters, almost four years, I just feel incredibly fortunate. His teammates are beyond happy for him. … It’s beyond impressive what he’s done, and he’s got a lot more left ahead of him.”

Antetokounmpo finished the contest against the Nets with 44 points, helping the Bucks erase a double-digit deficit. The team clinched a spot in this year’s playoffs with the victory.

The two-time MVP is on track to score over 25 points per game for the fifth straight season after failing to reach that mark in the first four campaigns of his career. He’s currently averaging a career-high 30.1 points per contest.

The Bucks honored their superstar’s record-breaking accomplishment with a tribute video. Milwaukee drafted Antetokounmpo 15th overall in 2013.

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