Milwaukee Bucks of America’s Nigerian-born star, Giannis Adetokunbo (aka Antetokounmpo) is relishing what he admits has been his best season with the National Basketball Association (NBA) franchise.
Antetokounmpo, who was a 19-year-old rookie when he joined The Bucks for the 2013/14 campaign, says he is happy to is in a perfect position to cherish his side’s amazing record run of victories in the ongoing season.
In their last game, Antetokounmpo scored 30 points and Khris Middleton added 21 to send Milwaukee to a 115-107 victory over Atlanta Hawks on Sunday night, giving the Bucks 60 wins for the first time since 1981.
The Bucks, who have also clinched the best record in the NBA’s Eastern Conference, led from the outset, as The Hawks rested their leading points scorers, John Collins and Trae Young.
Milwaukee led 85-72 entering the final period, but Atlanta pulled to 101-98 on a drive by DeAndre’ Bembry with 3:28 left.
Middleton countered with consecutive 3-pointers and Antetokounmpo connected from beyond the arc to put Milwaukee up 110-98.
”Six years ago, my first year here, we won 15 games. Now, we have four times that amount. It’s big.
“Our goal coming into the season was to get 60 wins. You definitely have to appreciate it because it’s pretty special.
”Now, we have to refocus and look forward to the playoffs,” said a hugely excited Antetokounmpo, who is fondly called ”The Greek Freak.’
Antetokounmpo’s thoughts were echoed by his coach, Mike Budenholzer, who previously coached Atlanta to same 60 wins in 2014-15.
Budenholzer added: “‘It was great for them to close it. Khris has a knack for hitting those big shots.
“It’s great of Giannis to see a 3 go down to kind of finish the night. Those two guys are special. It makes a big difference.”