Another day, another jaw dropping performance from the NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo.
It came against Ukraine in the Eurobasket tournament. The NBA two time MVP dropped 41 points en route to a 99-79 win for Greece.
Antetokounmpo’s 41 points was the most in a single EuroBasket game since Dirk Nowitzki who dropped 43 points in the same tournament back 2001for Germany, putting Giannis in a notable company.
It is also the latest standout performance from Giannis for Greece whose win over Ukraine clinched the top spot in Group C. From the start of the game, Giannis made his presence known by going on a 7-0 run of his own to open the contest.
After sitting out Greece’s previous win against Great Britain, the NBA champion came out well rested and asserted his size and strength in the paint. The game set the Ukraine was inadequate in matching up with Giannis, and he made sure to channel every time he drove to the paint.
It was a career-best for Greece, as Giannis was unstoppable. Greece needed a dominant performance from Giannis, especially in the second half as Ukraine led 46-39after two quarters. Antetokounmpo delivered with ease, putting up 10 points in the quarter on a perfect 5-5.
It was his two made free throws with just under five minutes left in the third quarter that helped Greece regain the advantage.
From that point on, Greece never trailed again, and jumped out to a 22 –point lead late in the fourth quarter.
The victory made Greece a perfect 4-0 in the tournament with one more game left in the group stage prior to advancing to the knockout round.
With the way Giannis played, averaging a tournament leading 31 points per game, a good chance for Greece to be a champion of EuroBasket by the end of this month.