For the Bucks (7-8), Antetokounmpo dominated the Lakers, making 18 of his 23 field goals while adding nine rebounds and three assists on November 17. The reigning NBA Finals MVP became the fifth player in the last 20 seasons to score 45 points on 75 per cent field shooting and 75 per cent three-point shooting. Since Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal in 1995, Antetokounmpo is the first player to score at least 45 points while shooting at least 75% from the field against the Lakers.
Khris Middleton, an All-Star Bucks teammate, returned after missing eight games due to COVID-19 and tied the franchise record for career three-pointers. With his 1,051st career three, Middleton tied Ray Allen for the first position with 16 points, six assists, and five rebounds. Talen Horton-Tucker led the Lakers in scoring with 25 points and 12 rebounds and Russell Westbrook had a double-double for the Lakers (8-8) with 19 points and 15 assists on just 3 turnovers, Russ after all those horrendous turnover games have been more cautious handling the ball.
Frank Vogel after the game, complained about not getting any free throws, Anthony Davis who has always earned trips to the charity line took 0 free throws tonight, “It’s a little bit mind-boggling to me that Anthony Davis has zero free throw attempts,” Vogel remarked. “And it’s something we’ve been bringing up with the league.”
The Bucks shot 24 free throws to the Lakers’ 12 in the game, resulting in a huge free throw disparity. Davis and the Lakers have a justifiable issue about that particular play in the third quarter. Giannis made clear body contact down low and based on this freeze frame, it appears he also got him up top.
Freakish behavior tonight. 😤
47 PTS | 9 REB | 3 AST | 3-4 3PM pic.twitter.com/l48x0Nw4JR
— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) November 18, 2021