Giannis Antetokounmpo has threatened to “f*** up” a bitter rival as his Milwaukee Bucks crashed to the biggest upset the NBA has seen in 27 years.
The reigning MVP blew up at Nets rookie Donta Hall as he sensed his side was on the verge of a historic defeat.
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Antetokounmpo raged after a first half incident with Hall, but he couldn’t save his team from a 119-116 defeat against Brooklyn.
With the Bucks still holding top spot in the Eastern Conference and the Nets clinging to seventh spot with a losing record (and missing superstars Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, DeAndre Jordan and Spencer Dinwiddie), Wednesday morning’s game broke a record as the biggest upset seen in the league since 1993.
ESPN’s David Purdum posted on Twitter the 19-point line spread given by Las Vegas bookmakers before the game represents the biggest upset since the Seattle Supersonics were upset by the Dallas Mavericks almost 30 years ago.
Giannis was spittin’ chips.Source:Getty Images
“The Brooklyn Nets just pulled off the largest NBA upset point spread-wise since 1993 (Mavs +19.5 over Supersonics), per @ESPNStatsInfo. Nets closed as consensus 19-point underdogs and beat the Bucks 119-116,” Purdum wrote.
In a hard night at the office for Giannis, the “Greek Freak” was also left seething when he was tossed to the hard wood during a rebound tussle with Hall.
When Antetokounmpo got to his feet he was seen screaming “watch out” in Hall’s direction, before turning to the referee and issuing a blatant threat against his opponent.
“I’m gonna f*** him up,” he said without missing a step.
Unfortunately, Giannis’ heated response didn’t translate to points on the scoreboard.
He finished with 16 points in his 16 minutes on the court, but it wasn’t enough to claw his team back at the death.
NBA LOSING IT OVER BUZZER BEATER
Devin Booker from down town.Source:Getty Images
The Phoenix Suns continued their hot streak in Orlando with a third straight victory to stun the Los Angeles Clippers 117-115.
Devin Booker was the hero for Phoenix, scoring on the buzzer to cap a 35-point display and a dramatic win over the highly rated Clipper.
Booker, who was mobbed by teammates as he fell backwards on the court, also had four rebounds and eight assists.
The 23-year-old was one of five Phoenix players to finish in double figures, with Deandre Ayton (19 points) and Ricky Rubio (18) the pick of the other Suns scorers.
The win keeps Phoenix’s hopes of forcing their way into the postseason alive. The Suns are within a game of ninth place and firmly in the hunt to earn a place in the play-in tournament.
“Our guys just grew up tonight to play against a team that possibly could win a championship,” Phoenix coach Monty Williams said.
Booker said Phoenix could be the surprise package of the postseason.
“Coming into the bubble overall, we said we want to make some noise,” Booker said. “We want to be that under-the-radar team that just comes in and works hard and plays hard. That’s what we did tonight.”
Damn Book ! That’s Tough💪🏽
Booker is ridiculous.
Book got HOOP game
DONCIC BALLS OUT YET AGAIN
Luka Doncic delivered a monster triple-double performance as the Dallas Mavericks bagged their first win of the NBA’s relaunched season in an overtime thriller against the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday.
The 21-year-old Slovenian scored 34 points, with 20 rebounds and 12 assists as the Mavericks completed a 114-110 victory to get their campaign back on track in the Western Conference.
Tim Hardaway Jr. and Kristaps Porzingis also came up big with 22 points apiece as the Mavericks overturned an 11-point deficit to seal victory at the HP Field House on the NBA’s Orlando campus.
Doncic’s masterclass made him the youngest player in NBA history to score 30-point, 20-rebound triple-double.
“It wasn’t our best game – far from that,” Doncic said.
“We fought, we hung in there, we helped each other, we never gave up. We needed that win and you can never count us out for sure.”
“Nothing came easy in this game at all,” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle added.
“It was a struggle, and everybody kept everybody together, and we just kept saying, ‘Hey, we’re going to find a way,’ and guys were encouraging each other.
“Really a well-deserved win for our guys.” The win saw the Mavericks, who have already guaranteed a playoff place, improve to 41-29 in the Western Conference.
Sacramento’s chances of sneaking into the postseason remain slim however. The Kings have lost all three of their games since the league restarted and are 13th in the West, on the brink of elimination.
— with AFP
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