Sometimes being one of the best NBA basketball superstars is tough. Sure, you get fame, fortune and adoration, but you can also have nights like the one Giannis Antetokounmpo had last night in the Milwaukee Bucks – Phoenix Suns game.
The fact that Giannis hit a season high 47 points for the Bucks during the game should be a positive, however given that the Bucks lost a narrow one 125-124, it was what happened at the end of the game that will be remembered most.
That’s because in the dying embers of the game, Giannis went for a shot for the Bucks to win the game, but saw the ball hit the rim and bounce away. Worst still, replays showed that Giannis had Khris Middleton open in the corner.
Giannis drops 47 PTS vs. Suns but falls short on the final shot. pic.twitter.com/VuCLohRxDo
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) February 11, 2021
The game was a hugely exciting one with the Bucks opening up a 12-point lead in the second quarter, only for the Suns to rally in the third and fourth quarters to snatch the win by the narrowest of margins.
Devin Booker and Chris Paul were key for the Suns in the victory netting 30 and 28 points respectively in the game, while Jae Crowder collected 14 rebounds in just 26 minutes of action.
For the Bucks, Giannis added 11 rebounds and 5 assists to his 47-point haul. He was easily the Bucks most dominant player on offense scoring 28 points more than Khris Middleton. Middleton though did also collect 5 rebounds and had 11 assists.
The defeat moved the Bucks to 16-9 for the season, a further game behind the 76ers (18-7) who sit atop the Eastern Conference. Milwaukee hang on to second spot despite the Brooklyn Nets ending their three-game losing streak with a 104-94 win over the Indiana Pacers.
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It was a night for close finishes in a number of games in the NBA with two other games decided by just one point. The Dallas Mavericks (12-14) got the better of the Atlanta Hawks (11-13) 118-117 with Luka Doncic netting 28 points for the victors.
In the Staples Center, the home team Los Angeles Lakers (20-6) hung on in overtime to record a 114-113 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder (10-14). LeBron James top scored for the winners with 25 points, although Montrezl Harrel’s 20 points proved to be decisive too.
The win kept the Lakers in second place in the Western Conference behind the Utah Jazz (20-5).
The Toronto Raptors (12-13) picked up a very solid 137-115 win over the struggling Washington Wizards (6-16). Norman Powell top scored for the Raptors hitting 28 of his team’s points. The Memphis Grizzlies (10-10) also landed a solid win over the Charlotte Hornets (12-14) winning 130-114 with Kyle Anderson scoring 27 points and Jonas Valanciunas collecting 15 rebounds.
Other winners last night were the Los Angeles Clippers (over the Minnesota Timberwolves), the Chicago Bulls, who beat the New Orleans Pelicans) and the Denver Nuggets who were big winners over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
There are five games due to take place in the NBA tonight including the 76ers in action against the Portland Trail Blazers, the Golden State Warriors face the Orlando Magic, Detroit Pistons take on Indiana Pacers, Houston Rockets face the Miami Heat and the Boston Celtics tip off against the Toronto Raptors.