Giannis Antetokounmpo drops career-high 64 points as post-game scuffle mars Milwaukee Bucks victory over the Indiana Pacers

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Giannis Antetokounmpo was concerned in a post-game altercation over the sport ball.


Giannis Antetokounmpo was concerned in a heated post-match altercation with the Indiana Pacers after dropping a career-high and Bucks franchise-record 64 factors in Milwaukee’s 140-126 victory on Wednesday.

The ‘Greek Freak’ was sad that the Pacers took the sport ball from his historic evening, main Antetokounmpo to cost from the court docket in direction of the guests’ locker room seeking it.

Antetokounmpo was then concerned in a fiery alternate with Pacers star Tyrese Haliburton when he got here again out onto the court docket.

After the sport, Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle informed reporters there had been a “misunderstanding” and that that they had taken the sport ball to provide to rookie Oscar Tshiebwe, who scored his first official NBA level within the contest.

“We at all times get the sport ball. We weren’t eager about Giannis’ franchise file,” Carlisle stated post-game. “So we grabbed the ball and, a few minutes later, a number of of their gamers ended up in our hallway and there was a giant fracas or melee, no matter you wish to name it.

“I don’t suppose any punches have been landed, however my normal supervisor bought elbowed within the ribs by one among their gamers, so he definitely has a bruised rib and who is aware of if it’s something greater than that.

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Antetokounmpo is restrained exterior the Indiana Pacers locker room.

“Unlucky scenario. We don’t want the official sport ball, there’s two sport balls there, we might have taken the opposite one, however it didn’t must escalate to that.”

When requested whether or not he managed to get the sport ball, Antetokounmpo stated he had “no concept.”

“I actually don’t know, I’ve a ball, however I don’t know if it’s the sport ball,” he informed reporters. “It doesn’t really feel like the sport ball to me, it looks like a model new ball. I can inform. I performed 35 minutes at this time, I understand how the sport ball felt.

“The ball that I’ve – which I’ll take and provides to my mother for positive – I don’t know if it’s truly the sport ball, however it’s OK, life continues.

“It’s simply unlucky, I’ve by no means seen this earlier than.”

The Bucks’ victory was their second within the house of three days over the Pacers, capping off a triple-header between the groups that began with Indiana beating Milwaukee within the In-Season Match semifinals final Thursday.

Antetokounmpo stuffed the stat sheet on his profession evening, including 14 rebounds, three assists, 4 steals and a block to his 64 factors.

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The ‘Greek Freak’ loved a profession evening in opposition to the Pacers.

Damian Lillard chipped in with 21 factors, six assists and 4 rebounds, whereas Khris Middleton added 14 factors, 9 rebounds and 7 assists.

The Bucks at the moment are 17-7 and second within the Jap Convention, whereas the Pacers are fifth after falling to 13-9.


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