"I'm going to break your record," Giannis Antetokounmpo said to Michael Redd, the previous Milwaukee Bucks scoring leader.
Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks demolished the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night, scoring a career-high and franchise-record 64 points. Antetokounmpo fulfilled his pledge to former Bucks star shooting guard Michael Redd by doing so.
Back in 2021, Antetokounmpo had a playful exchange with Redd, who had held Milwaukee's scoring record (57 points) for nearly 17 years until Wednesday. The two-time MVP assured Redd that he intended to break his own record. The former All-Star then sheepishly admitted that it was fate, joking that he was lucky to even hold the record.
"One day, I'm going to break your record," Antetokounmpo promised."I'm sure you will. "I got lucky one night," Redd remarked."Hopefully, I can get lucky one night too," Antetokounmpo joked back. Antetokounmpo's record-breaking night was most likely not the result of chance,
considering he didn't make a single 3-pointer while scoring 64 points. Instead, he went 20-for-28 (71.4%) while pulling down 14 rebounds, three assists, and four steals. Despite this, the 29-year-old superstar delivered a performance that Bucks fans will never forget.
Giannis Antetokounmpo's franchise-high 64-point outburst was not in vain as Milwaukee defeated Indiana 140-126 at home on Wednesday. After the game, the superstar forward expressed gratitude for being able to break the mark in front of Bucks supporters.
"I try to play basketball to win, try to play basketball to help my teammates be great, but at the end of the day, being able to break this record in front of the fans here in this stadium, it's a great feeling, too," Antetokounmpo said in a statement.
The Bucks avenged their 128-119 loss to Indiana in the NBA In-Season Tournament semifinals last Thursday. Wednesday's victory was their second in a row since being knocked out of the tournament.
Meanwhile, the Pacers' loss snapped a four-game winning streak, omitting Saturday's 123-109 In-Season Tournament finals loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. On Saturday, Milwaukee (17-7) will host the league-worst Detroit Pistons (2-22). On Friday, Indiana (13-9) will travel to face the slumping Washington Wizards (3-20).
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