Giannis Antetokounmpo sets a franchise record with an extraordinary 64-point performance, leading the Milwaukee Bucks to a heated 140-126 victory over the Indiana Pacers. The game, a rematch following the Bucks’ recent in-season tournament exit, saw tensions flare with a fourth-quarter altercation between players, ultimately spilling into a post-game confrontation.
Former NBA MVP Antetokounmpo showcased his dominance, shooting 20-of-28 from the field, securing 14 rebounds, three assists, and four steals. The victory was crucial for Milwaukee, seeking redemption in front of their home crowd at the Fiserv Forum.
The simmering tension between the teams escalated when a late-game altercation erupted, involving players, officials, and coaching staff. After the final buzzer, a confrontation ensued, with Antetokounmpo and his teammates confronting Pacers players. The post-game scuffle reportedly revolved around a misunderstanding about the game ball.
Meanwhile, in another matchup, the Los Angeles Lakers, missing LeBron James, held off a remarkable late rally by the San Antonio Spurs to secure a narrow 122-119 victory. Anthony Davis led the Lakers with 37 points, while French sensation Victor Wembanyama showcased his skills, scoring 30 points, 13 rebounds, and six blocks for the Spurs.
Despite Wembanyama’s late heroics, the Lakers managed to secure the win with Davis contributing crucial free throws in the closing moments. The Lakers improved to 15-10, maintaining their fifth-place position in the Western Conference.
In other games, reigning MVP Joel Embiid scored 41 points in Philadelphia’s dominant 129-111 win over the Detroit Pistons. In Phoenix, despite strong performances from Devin Booker (34 points) and Kevin Durant (27 points), the Suns fell short, losing 116-112 to the Brooklyn Nets.