In the words of Ice Cube, Giannis Antetokounmpo messed around and got a triple-double Monday night as the Bucks breezed past the visiting Lakers 108-101.
Antetokounmpo’s 27 points 12 rebounds and 10 assists against the Lakers registers as his first career triple-double since being selected by the Bucks in the 2013 NBA Draft.
The 6’11 small forward whose parents are Nigerians seemed to have been inspired by retiring legendary Lakers guard Kobe Bryant who described him as a special talent hours before Monday night’s encounter.
“He’s unbelievable. I don’t think he understands how much talent he has,” Bryant said.
The Greece-born Antetokounmpo nicknamed “The Greek Freak” was awed by Kobe’s description even though he was equally shocked the iconic Laker knew him. He seemed to have been influenced, too, that he went out to the floor and, well, had a triple-double. Of course, he plugged in 4 blocks and 3 steals to his stat line of the night.
The twenty-one year-old responded to Bryant’s accolades by channeling the praises into fuel for the night even though the Lakers burned for it.
Bryant scored 15 points on 3 of 12 from the field and 8 of 9 from the foul line in 24 minutes on his last trip to the Bradley Center. The Lakers won the first of the two-game series between the two teams 113-95 on December 15 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
The Bucks currently sit at twelfth place in the NBA Eastern Conference and last in the Central Division with a 24-33 win-loss record. Antetokounmpo and the Bucks will be playing their next game on Thursday 25 February when they visit Boston to play against the Celtics.
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