NBA Game Notes (March 29, 2023)
Here are the NBA game notes for games that were played on March 29, 2023.
Holiday, Giannis Make History
Jrue Holiday scored a career-high 51 points and Giannis Antetokounmpo recorded a triple-double as the Milwaukee Bucks raced past the Indiana Pacers 149-136. The Bucks improved to 55-21 on the season, the best record in the NBA. They’ve won 26 of their last 30 games, averaging 124.6 PPG over that span. It’s the highest-scoring 30-game stretch in franchise history.
Holiday shot 20-30 from the field — including 3-6 from 3-point range — and made eight of his 10 free throws. He also contributed eight rebounds and eight assists.
Holiday’s first 50-point game came in his 902nd career game. The only player in NBA history to record his first 50-point game at a later point in his career is LaMarcus Aldridge (912th game).
Holiday is the 14th different player to record a 50-point game this season, tying the NBA record for most such players in a season set last season. There have been a total of 24 50-point games this season, the most since the 1962-63 season (34).
Antetokounmpo tallied 38 points, 17 rebounds, and 12 assists, shooting 14-18 from the field and 10-14 from the free throw line. It was Antetokounmpo’s 34th career triple-double, breaking a tie with Bob Cousy and Ben Simmons for 12th place on the NBA’s all-time list.
It’s the eighth time Antetokounmpo has recorded at least 30 points, 15 rebounds, and 10 assists in a game. Only three players in NBA history have produced more such games:
29 — Oscar Robertson
20 — Wilt Chamberlain
9 — Nikola Jokic
8 — Giannis Antetokounmpo
Holiday and Antetokounmpo became the first teammates in NBA history to record a 50-point game and a 35-point triple-double, respectively, in the same game.
The Pacers’ Bennedict Mathurin recorded team highs of 29 points and nine rebounds in the loss. Mathurin ranks second among all rookies with 26 20-point games this season (Paolo Banchero, 38).
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