Giannis Antetokounmpo was involved in a post-game scuffle over the game ball.
Giannis Antetokounmpo He was involved in a heated post-game altercation with the Indiana Pacers after giving up a career-high and franchise-record 64 points to the Bucks in milwaukeeWith a 140-126 win on Wednesday.
The “Greek Maniac” was unhappy that the Pacers had the game ball from their historic night, where they took the lead Antetokounmpo He headed from the stadium towards the visitors’ locker room in search of her.
Antetokounmpo then engaged in a fiery exchange with the Pacers star Therese Halliburton When he returned to court.
After the game, Pacers coach Rick Carlisle told reporters that there had been a “misunderstanding” and that they had taken the game ball to give to rookie Oscar Tshiebwe, who scored his first official NBA point in the contest.
“We always get the ball in the game. We weren’t thinking about Giannis’ franchise record,” Carlisle said after the game. “So we got the ball, and after a few minutes, a lot of their players ended up in the hallway and there was a big brawl or brawl, whatever. Whatever you want to call it.
“I don’t think there were any punches thrown, but my general manager was elbowed in the ribs by one of the team’s players, so he’s definitely got a bruised rib and who knows if it’s more than that.
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Antetokounmpo is restrained outside the Indiana Pacers locker room.
“The unfortunate situation. “We don’t need the official match ball, there are two balls to play there, and we could have taken the other one, but there was no need to escalate to that.”
When asked if he had succeeded in getting the game ball, Antetokounmpo said he had “no idea.”
“I don’t really know, I have a ball, but I don’t know if this is the match ball,” he told reporters. “It doesn’t feel like the match ball to me, it feels like a completely new ball. I can say. I played 35 minutes today, and I know what the match ball felt like.
“The ball I have – which I will definitely take and give to my mum – I don’t know if it’s actually the match ball, but that’s OK, life goes on.
“It’s unfortunate, I’ve never seen this before.”
The Bucks’ victory was their second in three days over the Pacers, capping a triple-header between the two teams that began with Indiana’s victory over Milwaukee in the league. Semi-finals of the season championship Last Thursday.
Antetokounmpo stuffed the stat sheet on the night of his career, adding 14 rebounds, three assists, four steals and a block to his 64 points.
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The ‘Greek Maniac’ enjoyed a career night against the Pacers.
Damian Lillard scored 21 points, six assists and four rebounds, and Khris Middleton added 14 points, nine rebounds and seven assists.
The Bucks now sit in second place in the Eastern Conference at 17-7, while the Pacers are in fifth place after falling to 13-9.
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