The 14th game of the 2022/23 season with at least 50 points by a player – and the seventh in the last two weeks – goes to Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Greek Freak tore the Washington Wizards apart with a new career high. Meanwhile, the Boston Celtics suffered a historic bankruptcy.
The Jazz vs Kings duel is also completely crazy. Utah is already celebrating a spectacular winner from Lauri Markkanen – until the refs take a closer look at the scene.
Milwaukee Bucks (24-13) – Washington Wizards (17-22) 123:113 (BOXSCORE)
- Donovan Mitchell’s 71 points on Tuesday night, Klay Thompson’s three-point fireworks, Luka Doncic’s 60-point triple-double – “Hold my beer”, thought Giannis Antetokounmpo and continued the crazy weeks of the NBA with a mastery of 55 points continued against the Wizards (plus 10 rebounds and 7 assists, +25). He beat his former career high (52), the Wizards just had no way against him.
- Proof of the 28-year-old’s sheer dominance: On his way to his third game in a row with 40+ points and at least 10 rebounds and 5 assists – otherwise only Elgin Baylor (2x), Wilt Chamberlain (1x) and Russell Westbrook (1x) – he sank a total of 20 of his 33 shots from the field (plus 15/16 FT), including 18/24 in the restricted area alone! Giannis kept coming to the basket where he sometimes spectacularly finished. Only that monster dunk did not want to succeed.
- Milwaukee used a 15-0 run late in the first half to build a double-digit lead. Thanks to Kristaps Porzingis (22, 9 rebounds, 4 assists) and Kyle Kuzma (20), the Wizards stayed within striking distance after the break, even though Bradley Beal had to cancel his comeback early after a three-game break on injury (8 points in 13 minutes). Again, the thigh caused problems.
- Antetokounmpo kept the guests at bay with his powerful drives, while his colleagues faltered from distance (Bucks: 11/40 three). At the latest, a steal from the Greek against Porzingis including a lay-up on the other side brought it all to light with a minute and a half left, he scored 19 points in the fourth quarter alone. Brook Lopez (21, 12 rebounds, 6 blocks) and Bobby Portis (17, 13 rebounds) also provided support. Milwaukee ended the Wizards’ five-game winning streak.
- Fun fact: For the first time in NBA history, basketball fans have their voices heard Opta STATS spoiled in four days of four appearances with at least 50 points from four different players (Doncic, Mitchell, Thompson, Giannis). Antetokounmpo is now up 42.5 points per game (four games) since Christmas Day – only Doncic is better on this period (43.4).
Oklahoma City Thunder (16-21) – Boston Celtics (26-12) 150:117 (BOXSCORE)
- A while back, Celtics coach Joe Mazzulla claimed that the Celtics will end up playing badly because that happens to every team in an 82-game season. “I didn’t mean as bad as today,” the served head coach said after a historic debacle at OKC. The Thunder set a new franchise record since moving to Oklahoma with 150 points and wiped the floor with Boston, while the Celtics gave up the second-most points in team history.
- Oklahoma City’s best player was not on board, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had to take time off due to illness. In a way, that could have played Thunder in the cards. “We took a deep breath and relaxed,” Boston Celtics goaltender Malcolm Brogdon admitted when faced with the news. “We should have known not to play without any aggression and without any energy.”
- In addition, the absence of Robert Williams III on the defensive was noticeable, the center was rested by Boston. The defense had no access, Oklahoma City sank 59% of the field the entire game and dominated the area (70:46 points in the paint). At halftime the hosts were 20 points clear, and a relatively quick 10-0 run in the third quarter cleared everything up. Boston had no answer, the gap widened to 37 points.
- On the home side, five players broke the 20+ point mark, led by Josh Giddey (25, 5 rebounds, 5 assists). Isaiah Joe exploded in the second quarter as the Thunder escaped for the first time (17 of 21 points), while Luguentz Dort (23), Jalen Williams (21) and Tre Mann (21, 5/8 three) had also marked almost to will. For the Celtics, Jaylen Brown (29) and Jayson Tatum (27) were the top scorers. Marcus Smart was ejected in the third quarter after verbal complaints about a referee’s decision and his second technical foul. It really wasn’t the fault of the referees that night.
- Fun Fact II: The Thunder had never won a game by more than 16 points this season, the Celtics had never lost by more than 16 points. On a black day for Boston, the difference was 33 points – arguably the team’s worst performance all season to date and the Celtics’ biggest regular season loss in 20 years! The sad franchise record is -52 in January 2003 against the Pistons.
Utah Jazz (19-21) – Sacramento Kings (20-16) 115:117 (BOXSCORE)
- Wrapping up one crazy day into another completely crazy week in the Association didn’t disappoint either. After the dominance of the Kings at the start and a return of jazz, a real thriller developed in the final minutes. And for a short time the home fans actually celebrated after Lauri Markkanen converted an impossible shot into a win. At least that’s what Salt Lake City thought.
- With just 0.4 seconds left on the clock and -2 on the scoreboard, he received a pass all over the pitch and, after catching it, sent the ball on his way in one fluid motion with a one-legged three-pointer – and en! Jazz’s jubilant tune was abruptly cut short by a video review: The throw came a split second too lateKings victory.
- So De’Aaron Fox could still be celebrated as the hero of the day. The playmaker spoke of a spectacular final in which he scored 22 of his 37 points (15/22 FG, plus 6 assists). Among them were extremely important clutch buckets like a driving dunk and a pulling jumper (With a bit of luck). All of that wasn’t enough, as Markkanen equalized soon after after a foul at the Charity Stripe three-point line. Then Fox came back, again with the drive, again with his speed and his layup to win.
- Otherwise, Domantas Sabonis delivered, the Big scratched the triple-double (21, 14 rebounds, 8 assists), Harrison Barnes (19), Keegan Murray (16) and Kevin Huerter (16) helped score. In the Jazz, Markkanen (28, but 1/7 three), Jordan Clarkson (24) and Mike Conley (18, 7 assists, 3 steals) have been the hardest hitters.
- Fun Fact III: The Jazz have now lost five in a row – and with a total point difference of just a measly 15 points. The results broken down individually: -4 v Spurs, -5 v Warriors, -1 v Kings, -3 v Heat, -2 v Kings. Bitter.
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