Giannis Antetokounmpo Sets NBA Record with Career-High 64 Points from 28 FG Attempts

‣ Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks scored 64 points on only 28 field goal attempts, setting a new NBA record for the most points scored with fewer than 30 field goal attempts in a game. This score was also a franchise record for the Bucks.
‣ Antetokounmpo became the first player in NBA history to make at least 20 field goals and 20 free throws in a game while shooting at least 70% on each.
‣ Despite his impressive performance, Antetokounmpo has the fifth-shortest odds to win MVP this season, according to multiple NBA betting sites.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo, the star of the Milwaukee Bucks, made history. He scored a whopping 64 points in a game, with just 28 field goal attempts. This feat is the highest score in NBA history with fewer than 30 field goal attempts. The game was a 140-126 win against the Indiana Pacers, and Antetokounmpo’s 64 points set a franchise record too.

The 29-year-old missed all his three 3-point attempts. Still, he managed to finish 24-of-32 (75%) shooting at the foul line. The seven-time All-Star had an impressive outing, with 14 rebounds, three assists, four steals, and one block. All this, in just 38 minutes of action.

According to multiple NBA betting sites, Antetokounmpo has the fifth-shortest odds to win MVP this season. Sportsbooks are showing better odds for Nikola Jokic, Luka Doncic, Joel Embiid, and Jayson Tatum.

Antetokounmpo broke the team record of 57 set by Michael Redd in 2006 in a 113-111 loss to the Utah Jazz. His previous career high was 55 in a 123-113 win over Washington in January 2023. He also had 54 at Indiana on Nov. 9.

The Bucks star described the feeling of breaking the record as “great”. He said, “As much as I can, I try to play basketball for the right reason. I try to play basketball to win, try to play basketball to help my teammates be great, but at the end of the day, being able to break this record in front of the fans here in this stadium, it’s a great feeling, too.”

Antetokounmpo also became the first player in NBA history to make at least 20 field goals and 20 free throws in a game while shooting at least 70% on each. Bucks coach Adrian Griffin praised his talent, ability, and will to win.

Through 23 starts this season, Antetokounmpo is averaging a career-high 32 points per game. He’s also averaging 10.8 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 1.5 steals, 1.3 blocks, and 35 minutes per game. The five-time All-Defensive member is shooting a career-best 62.3% from the field.

In his 11th season, Antetokounmpo leads the NBA in points (737), field goals (276), free throw attempts (260), and usage percentage (38.8%). He ranks sixth in total rebounds (249), 11th in steals (35), second in free throws (176), and fourth in player efficiency rating (30.5).

NBA sportsbooks show the Milwaukee Bucks with second-shortest odds below the Boston Celtics to win this season’s championship. The Denver Nuggets and Phoenix Suns are also being given decent odds by oddsmakers.

James Shotwell
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