Giannis Antetokounmpo makes history last night becoming Bucks' No.1 scorer
Ricky Gray | April 1, 2022
Antetokounmpo passes Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as franchise scoring leader
After his 44-point game against the Brooklyn Nets, Giannis Antetokounmpo made history. He's now the leading scorer in Milwaukee Bucks history, passing up the legendary Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
His 44 points against the Nets brought his point total to 14,216, narrowly passing Abdul-Jabbar's 14,211. The game ended with a win, which made it even sweeter, it's just unfortunate the Bucks were on the road.
Antetokounmpo shot 14-for-21 from the field, going1-for-4 from the three-point line, and 15-for-19 from the free-throw line while playing 39 minutes.
While discussing his record-setting night, Antetokounmpo said, "It's good because I'm changing the narrative. I don't want to be the guy only that dunks and runs. I can make a 3."
Two days before the historic night, Antetokounmpo scored 40 points, with 14 rebounds, six assists, and three blocks in a win over the Philadelphia 76ers.
His teammate, Jrue Holiday, had this to say about Antetokounmpo: "That's definitely the MVP. That's definitely Most Improved Player, which I'm not even sure he can get that at this point. He's improved his game a lot, and it's shown -- from the free-throw line to his fadeaway, to his 3-point shot."
He went on to say, "From last year to this year, it's so much better. I felt like us kind of hanging on his coattails and being able to ride his coattail in that way gives us confidence as well."
Giannis has said multiple times that he hopes to stay in Milwaukee for his entire career. However, he's also mentioned that he will be judged on how many wins he achieves.
Speaking on his latest achievement, Antetokounmpo doubled down on the idea that wins are what matters. In his press conference after the game, he said: "It doesn't really matter. Because at the end of the day if you don't have a successful season, if you don't try and keep getting better and staying humble and staying happy, play all the way until May, June, nobody's going to remember this."
The Milwaukee Bucks will return home to play the Los Angeles Clippers on April 1, 2022.