NBA Game Notes (Feb. 2, 2023)
Here are the NBA game notes for games that were played on February 2, 2023.
Another 50-Piece for Giannis
Giannis Antetokounmpo recorded his third 50-point game in his last 11 games, scoring 54 points as the Milwaukee Bucks rallied from a 21-point deficit to defeat the LA Clippers 106-105. The Bucks have won six consecutive games, all since Antetokounmpo’s return from injury.
Antetokounmpo also grabbed a game-high 19 rebounds. It’s the sixth time he’s recorded at least 50 points and 10 rebounds in a game, the sixth-most such games in NBA history:
118 — Wilt Chamberlain
16 — Elgin Baylor
8 — Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
8 — Michael Jordan
8 — James Harden
6 — Giannis Antetokounmpo
The last player to record at least three 50-point, 10-rebound games in an 11-game span was Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in February 1972. Abdul-Jabbar also achieved the feat playing for the Bucks.
Antetokounmpo shot 21-39 from the field (53.8%) and made 10 of his 15 free throws. His 39 attempts from the field tied the franchise single-game record shared by Abdul-Jabbar (March 17, 1972) and Antetokounmpo himself (Dec. 28, 2022).
Antetokounmpo is averaging 40.2 PPG and 14.7 RPG during the Bucks’ winning streak, shooting 59.5% from the field. He’s recorded at least 25 points and 10 rebounds with 50% shooting from the field in each of those games.
The Clippers’ Kahwi Leonard struggled from the field, making just seven of his 26 attempts (26.9%). Leonard scored 17 points, snapping his career-long streak of nine straight 25-point games.
Norman Powell came off the bench for the Clippers to score a team-high 26 points. Powell shot 9-16 from the field with four 3-pointers made, an effective field goal percentage of 68.8%. It’s the 11th time Powell has come off the bench to score at least 20 points with an effective field goal percentage of 60% this season, the most such games in the NBA.
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