A ridiculous triple-double for Giannis Antetokounmpo, nearly 26 years to the day when a young center named Shaquille O’Neal had a triple-double of his own.
The 24-year-old Antetokounmpo had 24 points, 19 rebounds and 15 assists as the Milwaukee Bucks held off the Damian Lillard-less Portland Trailblazers 137-129 on the road.
Back on Nov. 20, 1993, a 7-foot, 21-year-old rookie named Shaq put up 24 points, 28 rebounds and 15 blocks.
That season, O’Neal averaged 29.3 points, 13.2 rebounds and 2.9 blocks. He said of the 87-85 win over the New Jersey Nets, “I guess I played OK.”
Antetokounmpo, last night, admitted he didn’t play so great, shooting-wise. The reigning MVP was 9-for-27 from the field and 1 of 7 from deep — not to mention 5-for-10 from the line. Eric Bledsoe and Donte Divincenzo took over.
Bledsoe scored 30, and, replacing the injured all-star Khris Middleton in the starting lineup, Divincenzo added 16. The 22-year-old NBA sophomore has scored in double figures in the past four games Middleton has missed.
The Bucks are back in action Saturday night on WKTY at home against the Detroit Pistons. Tip off is at 7:30 p.m. on 96.7 FM / 580 AM.