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Antetokounmpo is too strong
Giannis Antetokounmpo had 43 points, 12 assists and five rebounds in the win over the Hawks. It was his 14th career game at least 40/10/5 and 10th in history. Already five this season, only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has done better.
Additionally, he played 8 games at 40/10/5 and shot at least 65 percent from the field. That’s one more than LeBron James and the largest total since the ABA-NBA merger in 1976.
Finally, he has scored at least 65 percent of his 40 points in six games this season. The last player to do this much in one season was Shaquille O’Neal in 2001-02.
Huge Nikola Jokic
Another great performance from Nikola Jokic to lead the Kings with 38 points, 18 rebounds and seven assists. He is the first player since Wilt Chamberlain in March 1968 to have at least 35 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists in a three-game series.
Jayson Tatum is on fire
After scoring 54 points against the Nets, Jayson Tatum followed suit with 44 points in a 16/24 run that was unsuccessful against the Hornets. It was the first time in his career that he had two games of at least 40 points, and he was the fifth Celtics to do so.
As a result, he combined for 98 points in two straight games, allowing him to tie Kevin McHale’s franchise record.
Malik Beasley is on fire
Malik Beasley had 33 points against the Thunder, shot 11/17, hit a 3 and didn’t attempt a 2-point shot or free throw. This is the team record for attempted and successful 3-pointers.
He also became the first player in history to score at least 30 points without attempting a 2-pointer or shooting.
Against the Heat, the Suns led by 11 points and won. They are now 13-13 (50%) when they are at least 10 points behind. This is the best record this season under these conditions.
They’ve also qualified for the playoffs, and now have 40 games with a .500 win rate. This is the first time this has happened to them since the end of the 2006-07 season.
The Lakers can’t do it on the perimeter
The Lakers lost to the Rockets, their ninth straight loss and the Rockets’ longest losing streak.
The team’s record is 12 since the 2016-17 season.
Trailblazers are on the move
Activated tank mode for the Blazers, which chained huge roustes. In their past six games, they’re a 194-point deficit. The previous record for six straight games was 171…they were the first team in history to score at least 30 points five times in six straight games.