Giannis Antetokounmpo passed the legendary Kareem-Abdul Jabbar to become the greatest player in the history of the Milwaukee Bucks, giving his team a crucial victory in the NBA.
The Greek scored 44 points in a 120-119 win over the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday night (local time) and topped Jabbar with a three-pointer that tied the game and forced overtime. The all-time leading scorer in NBA history scored 14,211 points, while Antetokounmpo now has 14,216 points with the Bucks.
Heading into this Friday’s showdown with the Los Angeles Clippers, the Bucks are currently in second place in the Eastern Conference, behind the top-seeded Miami Heat. The Nets, on the other hand, have to slowly but surely come to terms with only making the playoffs by qualifying. The Nets certainly have at least this opportunity.
Lakers lose at Jazz
With the Atlanta Hawks beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 131-107 at home, none of the teams outside of the tenth seed have a chance to qualify. The NBA season ends after the main round of the New York Knicks, Washington Wizards, Indiana Pacers, Detroit Pistons and Orlando Magic.
On the other hand, the situation in the West is not so simple. The Los Angeles Lakers also lost to the Utah Jazz on the road. 109:122 was tied for eleventh place behind the San Antonio Spurs. The record champions still hope to secure the tenth spot and, according to media reports, could at least rely on Anthony Davis again for Friday night’s home game against the New Orleans Pelicans. It is unclear whether LeBron James, who recently suffered from ankle pain, will be able to play.