Giannis Antetokounmpo destroyed the Suns with a dominant Game 3 performance on Sunday, and NBA Twitter ate it up.
While the Milwaukee Bucks are down 0-2 in the NBA Finals against the Phoenix Suns, star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo hasn’t let the pressure get to him. Back in Game 2, Antetokounmpo logged 42 points in 40 minutes in Milwaukee’s 118-108 loss, while notching 20 points in a single quarter. As it turns out, the Bucks star had another stellar performance in him on Sunday.
Bucks fans were concerned after Antetokounmpo checked out in the opening minutes of Game 3. But after a few minutes on the bench, Antetokounmpo dominated the Suns through the remainder of the contest, as he tallied 41 points, 13 rebounds and six assists in the 120-100 win. NBA Twitter reacted to what they were witnessing the Bucks star accomplish on Sunday.
Most points in a Finals game
Giannis didn’t score the most points in NBA Finals history, but he still did something incredible. Giannis not only posted back-to-back 40-point games, did it for the first time in his entire career in the Games 2 and 3.
Is Chance The Rapper a Milwaukee Bucks fan?
Among those reacting to the insane performance by Giannis in Game 3 was Chance The Rapper.
On the one hand, seeing one of the most well-known and well-respected rappers in the game courtside supporting the Bucks goes a long way in helping the image of so-called “small market’ teams.
But Chance is very famously from Chicago, and hasn’t been shy about his love of the Chicago Bulls.
NBA Twitter lost its mind over Giannis Antetokounmpo in Game 3
There are so many statistical accomplishments that Antetokounmpo made before Game 3 even concluded. Antetokounmpo joined the likes of Michael Jordan (1997), LeBron James (2016) and Kevin Durant (2018) as the only players to tally 30 points, 10 rebounds and five assists through three quarters in the past 25 NBA Finals. But wait, there’s more!
Antetokounmpo is now the second player in NBA Finals history to record 40 points and 10 rebounds in back-to-back games. The other player to do so was Shaquille O’Neal.
As if those feats were not enough, Antetokounmpo is now the fifth player to record multiple games of 40 points, 10 rebounds and five assists in NBA Finals history, placing himself next to Jerry West, John Havlicek, O’Neal and James.
While the accomplishments are no doubt something to be proud of, we can guarantee Antetokounmpo is more happy withe the fact that the Bucks won Game 3 to cut Phoenix’s Finals lead to 2-1. He will look to tie up the series with a huge Game 4 win on Wednesday night. But fans are no doubt wondering if Giannis can make it three 40-point, 10-rebound games in a row.